I'm researching the area of in-work training to identify the strategies that encourage and increase in-work training and the barriers that prevent take-up.
What do your experiences tell you?
Sheila Browning Sheila Browning
what do you mean by in-work training? People training other peole inside their oragnization without sending them to Training courses or something else
I meant on the job training (being shown by someone else), coaching, mentoring, shadowing - anything that is not a formal course.
The most important aspect of any training is to ensure that the trainees want to be trained and feel that it will enable them to become more effective in their jobs.
If individuals realise that they will gain transferable skills they are much more likely to take up training oportunities.
The trainer or coach has also got to have the skill and knowlede to pass on learning by helping the individual to come up with their own answers as opposed to just telling them what to do.
I have been coaching individuals for some time and believe that indiviudals are much more open and ready to learn when people from outside the organisation are brought in. This is generally because they do not wish to reveal their weaknesses to their peers for fear of repercussion. Confidentiality is also a worry for many.
I think that one of the biggest advantages of in -work training is: lowering costs. I think it is great when you have peoople on staff who have skills and knowledge and can train other Staff members and they do all these for free -I think that is great. But the huge disadventage is that people intend to listen to "outsiders" more then they are to people within their organization. Why is that I do not know. Probably the human nature.