Benefit From Workers with Effective Skill Training
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Skill Training

Basis of employee development is skill training, which has two objectives:

Keeping employees’ skills up-to-date with developing technologies and business practices,

Helping employees master the skills they need to advance within the company.

Companies that provide effective skill training benefit from the workers who are well versed in skills and knowledge while employees maintain their “employability” or advance to higher standards.

Informal And Formal Approaches

Informal training is usually carried out as on-the-job training (OJT) which is the most common skill development approach as it is the least costly way of training. OJT practices differ in companies in different countries.

American approach is much unstructured and doesn’t include trainers or training materials while Japanese companies see OJT as a key element of training systems to develop their employees and they follow a structured & planned approach. Employees in Japanese companies see themselves as a teacher for the person below him and as a student of the person who is above.

Formal training is highly structured compared to OJT practices, takes place in classroom or e-learning and can be used to address both company-specific & general skills. However, it is more expensive as it includes dedicated trainers, depends on curriculum materials that must be kept up-to-date and employees cannot perform their tasks during the classes.

Many large corporations perform formal training through “corporate universities” for two reasons. First is to align employee training with business strategy so that they can focus on the specific skills to fulfill their strategy and decrease the shortage of skills in key positions. The other reason is to assure a continual upgrade of internal knowledge.

Outsourcing skill training to vocational-technical schools is another way and in areas where the firms are dominant employers, have a say in institutions’ curricula, thus they can shape the training they need for their employees.

Training Pays

Investment in employee training provides positive return in productivity and greater productivity increases of corporate equity. However, training investments do not mean a certain positive return for the companies and are highly dependent on reinforcement and management support.

Online Training

Online learning or “distance learning”, has clear advantages over formal classroom training programs such as:

  • Lower cost to supply despite the fixed costs in curriculum development.
  • Elimination of travel costs and lost production time as online training cuts the cost of travel, lodging and meals to send employees to classroom training sessions. In addition, while the employees are in the classroom, they are not producing.
  • Scalable to any level of demand as training can be available to large number of employees at same cost.
  • On-demand availability as it is available whenever and wherever employees need them.

Despite its advantages, it lacks of the personal contact and interactions during the classroom training or OJT, therefore the best solution may be to use online training in conjunction with other formal and informal methods.

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