“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage ” . Jack Welch

Training isn’t just important to any organization, it is vital. A training program allows you to strengthen those skills that each employee needs to improve. A development program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge.

Workforce development works by preparing workers with the skills necessary for a specific type of job.

Research shows that skills development and opportunity for professional and personal growth are important aspects of employee retention, especially among millennial workers.

This helps reduce any weak links within the company who rely heavily on others to complete basic work tasks.

Learning and development, a subset of HR, aims to improve group and individual performance by increasing and honing skills and knowledge. Procurement is an important part of the training and development process because training providers must be cost-effective and appropriate for the organization’s needs.

Here are few tips for improving your staff learning and development programs.

  1. Know what you’re developing staff towards.
  2. Find an appropriate training provider.
  3. Allow employees to shape their own development plans.
  4. Don’t limit learning to passive information.
  5. Let people learn in the way that works best for them.

Potential benefits organizations can gain by emphasizing employee development and training in the workplace.

* Improve collaboration between workers.

* Attract & retain great employees.

* Increase in job satisfaction and morale among employees.

* Increase in employee motivation.

* Increased in efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain.

* Increased in capacity to adopt new technologies and methods.

* Increased innovation in strategies and products.

* Create a pipeline of replacement leaders.

* Make your organization a better place to work.

Having staff  that are well trained in their roles makes a business far better in many different ways.

Remember, an organisation can never run at its  peak performance unless the workforce is fully trained. Managers should actively ensure that staff are being trained continually. It is not something that should be done as and when absolutely needed.