How to make sure you get what you need from your training analysis

Your investment in and analysis of training is valuable and should be used to drive positive change in your organisation. But how do you retain valuable skills once the training is over? A very good question!

At TTS we believe that the very first step to successful training is to ensure that you only get trained in the subjects you need. It sounds obvious and it is. But making it happen is more difficult.

Always look for a supplier who is willing to tailor the training to suit you, not them! Time spent on learning skills you won’t use is time wasted. If you don’t know what you need ask for a Needs Analysis to be carried out. Choose a training company that provides this as part of their service and you will be one step closer to success. Needs analysis is especially valuable when planning IT training as it’s often not clear how a particular function could help you back at work.

Timing is Important

When booking any course try and arrange for it to run just prior to when you the new skills will be needed. Again it sounds so obvious but in our experience it doesn’t always happen. We once trained staff in a new business system which didn’t come online until three months after the training.  Once the system can online we returned and trained the same staff all over again! If you don’t start using your new skills straight away they will start to evaporate and this will be a costly waste.

Practice is Critical

When attending a training course make sure you practise the skills several times until you are confident. Doing something once is often not enough and some people will need many try’s before it sinks in. Be wary of any event which has little time for practice and which rushes headlong without consideration of what the audience really needs.

Do Your Homework

How can you check the suitability of a provider? The easiest way is to obtain a testimonial from a recent client or ask to be put in contact with one so you can ask questions yourself. So, do your homework and secure a provider that listens to your needs and adjusts the training to suit you.

Once back at work make a determined effort to use what you have learned. This is easy to forget but if you plan to use just one new skill each day you will soon make good progress.

Post-training Follow-up

Finally, we find that a site visit after the training helps enormously by addressing issues and questions that have arisen back at work or by providing a quick bit of top-up training. It’s all part of the service we at TTS offer. With IT training we can provide practice exercises that you can use to keep your skills well-honed.

 

I hope you find our article useful but, as usual, please do get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

NB: if you require assistance with training needs analysis, post-training evaluation or top-up training please call us.

John Bainbridge