In house courses can be a highly cost effective method of training and developing your teams.
Courses can be delivered:
- On site – reducing travel costs and time out of the office
- Be tailored to your specific requirements -including flexible duration, level and scope of content
- Address business specific issues
- Generate learning resources, and upskill your own personnel to continue the training process
- Use existing venue resources
Steps in your process – elements to consider
Step 1: Needs Assessment
A formal Training Needs Assessment can be a very helpful first step in successfully designing or commissioning your in house training programme.
Important questions to consider are:
- Does your company/ organisation need a one-off course or a rolling programme of training?
- Who are your target audience?
- Will this be optional or mandatory training?
- Do you require external accreditation/ validation?
- What key issues would this training aim to improve?
- How will you measure that improvement in the short term, and in the medium/ long term?
Step 2: Design a Toolkit
One of the most valuable elements of a bespoke programme is the ability to use the resources generated in and around training session(s), such as:
- Needs Assessment Metrics ( See Step 1)
- Create Audit Data – for example regarding Mental Health Awareness, accessability of existing resources and levels of stress in individuals, teams and organisations
- Presentation Content
- Workshop Materials
- Case Studies and Sample Scenarios
- Creste a Toolbox of Resources – both online and offline. The resources can include materials inside the organisation, which dovetail with your Policies and SOPs ( Standard Operating Proceedures) and external resources, which have all been reviewed and meet professional standards.
Step 3: Validate the Training
Before rolling out your programme, it is good practice to pilot the intervention, so that you have an opportunity to refine and adjust to ensure the maximum benefit to your team. You can use current tesm membersas a focus group, or use a small number of new employees in a pilot programme.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the new programme with this small group; then make any necessary changes at an earlystage.
Step 4: Train the Trainers
Where a course is being rolled out on a large scale, you may choose to adopt a “Train the Trainer” model, whereby your own team members learn to deliver the content and cascade the skills and information within theorganisation.
As with any new training intervention, it is important that the trainers who will be delivering the courseare fully equipped to do so. This might require prior training from in house experts, or an external specialist trainer to assist with the initial trainer training and set up.
(Of course, with bespoke content, you will need to ensure that you have copyright priviledges, and do not infringe Intellecutual Property Law. With standardised, certified courses such as Mental Health First Aid and some other established courses, the requirement of the originating organisation must also be coplied with, in all settings).
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