Employee training is as necessary as it is complex. With upskilling opportunities becoming an increasingly in-demand feature that potential employees look for, it is important that your organisation’s training initiatives are just as competitive as its products/services.
The first step to achieving this is that you can’t DIY your way to employee training perfection. Just as your consumers need your services/products to achieve their goals, you will need the help of professionals and tools to ensure your training initiatives offer a positive training experience to your employees.
In this article, we will discuss some of the tools and services that you can employ to make your employee training programs more lucrative and impactful.
Instructional Design Services
Instructional design services, also commonly known as training content providers, are companies that help organisations develop custom training content.
With their experience and instructional design expertise, these companies are able to use scientific learning concepts like the adult learning theory to design training content that:
- Improves learner engagement
- Improves the retention of training content
- Aligns with the goals of your organisation
While it is perfectly possible to develop custom training content in house, hiring dedicated instructional designers can prove to be an expensive undertaking.
Not to forget, developing elearning content is a time consuming task. Developing just one hour of elearning content can take up to 118 working hours.
Training content vendors not only provide you with quality training content, they also help you reduce the overall turnaround time of development of your training content.
For those thinking of the cost involved in outsourcing training content, a good way to work around this cost is to identify the most crucial and time consuming parts of your training content and outsourcing them. The rest of the content can be developed by your in house team to save on costs.
Speaking of in house development of training content, authoring tools are extremely useful for the task. Designed specifically for this very purpose, these tools come loaded with functionalities that can support every step of your training content development cycle, from prototyping to publishing.
Thanks to such features, your whole training content development team can work on the same platform, helping you save enormous amounts of time that would otherwise be wasted switching between various tools and platforms.
Other features like prebuilt themes and preloaded templates allow you to quickly create professional grade training material. Similarly, other features like instant publishing allow you to quickly deploy your training material and update it with ease, whenever necessary.
Blended learning is a model of training that combines online, self-paced learning with instructor led sessions. It has many proven advantages and has been known to improve the impact driven from different training programs.
To implement the same in your organisation’s training initiatives, it is important to have the right instructors available. Known simply as instructors or training contractors, these professionals are trained in carrying out classroom-style training sessions for corporates.
These instructors can enrich your training experience by providing an engaging training experience sprinkled with real-life examples and scenarios, coupled with practical exercises that demonstrate the implementation of the concepts that they are teaching.
At the same time, instructors also provide instant resolution of doubts and questions to your learners, something that isn’t possible with self paced learning.
These were the three services/tools that you can use to improve the effectiveness of your employee training program. Have you used any tools or services that we haven’t mentioned in this article? Share them with us in the comment section below!