Making a decision of whether to leave your staff training programmes to an in-house team or outsource it can be critical when determining your long-term business development strategy. As a result, there is much to consider before you choose which route to go down – and understanding the benefits that each option can offer is certainly something you should research before deciding either way.
So, what are the main reasons a company may choose to outsource its training?
To save money
This is often at the centre of every business decision – ask yourself if the alternative will cost more in the long run. As far as upskilling is concerned, outsourcing a provider instead of doing it in-house can certainly be more cost-effective, especially if your other option is to hire a full-time trainer, who will of course command a salary and any other associated benefits. The beauty of outsourcing this element of your organisation is that it is always on an ad-hoc basis – you only pay for training as and when you need it. Similarly, this approach gives you much more choice with regards to what areas you can actually train your staff up on, as a bank of experienced instructors, each with their own specialisms, is surely better than one individual who inevitably has a limited amount of experience and instruction they can pass on.
With this in mind, this leads us nicely to another reason why outsourcing is preferential.
To receive a service from specialists
One of the major benefits of outsourcing training is that the organisation you would pass the responsibility on to will, by their very nature, be specialists in the art of upskilling personnel. The truth of the matter is that being an expert in a particular area of business isn’t enough – you need to be able to effectively pass on your knowledge to others in a clear, concise manner that will ensure those who are receiving the training are able to retain and apply the information they are being given. Don’t be fooled – not everybody can teach. One of the challenges often faced in this environment is that everyone learns in a different manner. The contrast between a qualified trainer and someone who has been asked to simply pass on their experience to their colleagues is that the former can identify the best approach they need to adopt to engage individuals on a case-by-case basis, while the latter will try to instruct everyone in the same way.
To broaden horizons
Sometimes, it has to be accepted that an organisation needs freshening up – and it’s amazing what a difference seeing how operations and processes are managed through a fresh pair of eyes can make.
By entrusting your training to someone who is not directly involved in the company and knows little about its culture or processes, it can be much easier to determine how an area can be improved upon.
On courses like the ones offered at London Corporate Training, it might not just be the instructor who can influence the delegate, either. Our programmes are often attended by a wide range of individuals, who hail from a variety of sectors, all with their own way of doing things. This mix of experience and attitudes is the perfect melting pot for the development and creation of new ideas and we encourage our students to learn as much from one another as we do from the facilitator. It goes without saying that training is a necessity within any business – how you do yours could determine the path of progression you take for many years to come.