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BLOG – Training’s not Plain Sailing… Don’t make your Training and Development Journey a chore

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

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“Is training a valuable use of time?” was how Liz Muir opened her presentation at the October Communications Breakfast.

Liz, co-founder and Director of Muir Slicer (a training and development company), posed the question – “Why do we need training?” which she simply answered; “the more trained you are, the more knowledge you have of your subject. The result is you have the ability to deliver within your role, and with confidence”

Training, whether in a small or large group workshop, provides the opportunity for people to contribute their ideas to a business. It allows for knowledge share while providing a business with a pro-active approach to their staff training. Businesses who provide this training facility help encourage a diverse and innovative workforce, equipping the business with a competitive edge, explained Liz.

There are many different types of training known as ‘Purpose’, some legally required and some not i.e.:

  • Food handling
  • People care
  • Health and safety
  • Accreditation courses

Not all training means having to work with an external provider, as Liz explained “many organisations fail to look internally for skills and go externally – nobody knows a company better than its own people” I imagine this can be very de-motivating for those who have been with a company for a while and are very good at their job! – Demonstrating inclusiveness must be good for staff morale.

We also heard about good courses delivered badly and vice versa and that if you don’t fit the right course to the right people it will only make matters worse, again demotivating people rather than motivating them. Liz then explained the simple process behind taking courses and providing training – “Is training going to benefit the business and do we need it?” She also suggested that a business may not need to provide training to keep functioning, however, consider the morale boost to skilling up your team through training thus improving productivity in the long-term.

There appears much to weigh up when considering training and one-to-one coaching;

  • People’s time and availability
  • Resources
  • Cost
  • Outcomes

With regards cost there is funding support available for some training via:

  • LEC’s
  • Business Gateway
  • Scottish Enterprise

…no doubt the people at Muir Slicer will be able to offer advice around this.

Finally, Liz spoke about measurability. We should ask trainees for feedback on what they think the value was to them and the organization to help us improve training going forward.

There were many audience questions around the benefits of training and it was clear that Liz had certainly given us a good checklist and many tips to ensure we choose the right training that ultimately benefits people development, continued business success and competitiveness.

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