Provide internal training to develop the knowledge and skills of your employees.
In-house training offers employers and employees advantages that are not found when you send an employee to an external training program or seminar. Training transfer occurs more naturally and employees cement learning through training other employees.
Internal training uses real life examples, problems and challenges that participants encounter every day at work. Successful internal training identifies the exact skills and knowledge that participants need to succeed in their jobs. It also prepares employees for success in their next job.
Internal training is presented in the language and terminology that participants understand and can relate to. Internal training develops the skills of employees and cements their own knowledge of the topic.
Tips about in-house training for employees
In-house, on-the-job training includes such activities as:
- Invite the employee to contribute to department or company-wide decisions and planning.
- Provide the employee access to higher level, more strategic, meetings.
- Provide more information by including the employee on specific mailing lists, in company briefings, and in your confidence.
- Enable the employee to establish goals, priorities, and measurements.
- Assign the responsibility of teaching machine operation, quality standards, production standards, and safety practices to employees who train new employees or employees who are new to the work area.
- Assign supervisory or team leader responsibilities, or function as an assistant lead while learning.
- Assign the employee to head up projects or teams, or function as an assistant lead while learning.
- Enable the employee to spend more time with his or her boss in a coaching / mentoring relationship. Set goals for employee development as a team.
- Provide the opportunity for the employee to cross-train in other roles and responsibilities.
Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring, coaching, and field trips, both inside and outside the company, help employees develop their skills and knowledge. Employees who “teach others” most effectively incorporate the knowledge and skills themselves.
In-house training sessions
Internal training sessions and methods are effective. Especially if they offer employees new skills and ideas, internal training, reading, and meeting can replace much external training in organizations. Internal training is also cost effective and the training facilitator or resource remains available daily to participants following the training session.
Source: The Balance