How to develop a staff training plan

Employees today have a right to expect some level of training to fit their specific workplace, and to maintain competency in their field. Like any essential investment, staff training requires forethought and planning to pay off in the long run.

Here’s a few staff training tips from Jason Silberman, of Training Station:

Take time to identify your employees’ shortcomings

Know what skills your people need to improve their current performance. Are some tasks taking too long? Are the workers comfortable using the necessary equipment or software for their jobs?

Plot your staff training objectives

To address the issues identified in the step above, decide what your clear objectives will be for each of your staff members. Will they all receive the same training? Will they be trained more specifically on tasks unique to their role in the company? Compile a detailed plan leading to those objectives.

Be focused on specific training

If the training is too general, you risk wasting a lot of time on things that are already known, or that anyone could figure out for themselves. If you target small groups according to specific skill needs, you will do better.

Consider a professional trainer

Communicate clearly with the trainer regarding your particular needs. Training companies can provide suitable training material, and some of their courses can provide industry-recognised accreditation in some fields.

Most Australian state jurisdictions have made it mandatory to have a training plan in place for apprenticeships and traineeships. The same principles can be beneficial in any other kind of training plan you may devise for your workforce.

The Victorian State Government insists these be included in an apprenticeship training plan:

  • the competencies to be obtained
  • the time-frame for achieving the competencies
  • the training to be undertaken
  • the delivery modes to be employed
  • the details (when, how and how much) of the time allocated outside routine work duties is for off-the-job training
  • who is responsible for the delivery and/or assessment of each competency
  • assessment details and arrangements
  • a record of any recognised prior learning (RPL) for qualifications and cross-credit hours granted prior to commencing the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • the name of the qualification to be issued

There are many templates for designing effective staff training plans that can be adapted to your company’s specific needs.

Most, like the one available at the Free Management Library, include these basic points:

  1. Training goals
  2. Strategies/methods
  3. Time frame
  4. Assessment of new skills
  5. Budget

Neglecting any of these could seriously impair the effectiveness of your staff training. Your happy, confident, and competent workers will thank you with a better work ethic, and better staff retention.

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