The Benefits of Training
PUBLISHED: 16:40 08 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 February 2013
Do you consider training to be a benefit that you offer to your employees? Cathy O'Donoghue from HR Champions takes a slightly different view to how staff training might be considered.
The Benefits of Training
Do you consider training to be a benefit that you offer to your employees? Cathy ODonoghue from HR Champions takes a slightly different view to how staff training might be considered.
If you were to make a list of the benefits that your company offers to employees, would you include training? Probably not. We normally consider things such as private medical insurance, pensions or staff discount as benefits. Training, when its not compulsory such as for Health & Safety purposes, is often looked upon as an optional extra. Something that an employer might consider if its affordable and if the business can accommodate having a staff member away from workplace to attend.
If we do consider training as a benefit however, we not only improve the performance of employees as they apply the new skills and knowledge that they learn, but it can also become contributory factor in an overall employment package; particularly if the training results in a recognised qualification. Working for an employer who invests in you with training is a great morale booster.
To look at staff training from what is a relatively radical viewpoint may require a cultural shift with an organisation. Adopting an approach where training and development are ongoing and part of the company benefits strategy must be embraced from the top down with everyone in the organisation participating. It will quickly become part of the company values.
Losing staff that you have invested in is an ongoing concern for all employers, but is an employee more or less likely to jump ship from a company that has helped to develop his or her skills to one that wont? The following puts those fears into perspective perfectly. I dont know who wrote it, but I wish it had been me
HR Manager: We need to invest in a structured training programme for the staff.
Managing Director: But what if we train the staff and then they leave?
HR Manager: What if we dont train them, and they stay?
The Government continues to provide funding for employers to train their staff. The new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has superseded the NVQ and provides a more traditional teaching approach towards learners than the often derided tick box approach associated with an NVQ. The new qualifications are unit based making them very flexible and learning takes place at work and in conjunction with the learners line manager. Numeracy and Literacy modules, which are taught and made relevant to the learners job, also feature QCFs form the structure for apprenticeships, providing qualifications at Award, Certificate and Diploma levels.
At HR Champions we have acknowledged the shift towards the new qualifications as the mainstream solution for employed learners in the UK and have partnered with providers of funded QCFs.
In serious economic times the opportunity to offer a benefit to your staff that is funded by the Government should be seriously considered. With appropriate planning the QCFs can form the backbone of a training strategy, freeing up budget to invest in training Line Managers and Senior Team members.
HR Champions Ltd