Tips on training programmes

July 25, 2012

Many companies lack structured internal training plans for their employees. We have asked Stéphan Pieterse, People and Organisational Development Manager at Pragma, for a few TIPS on what companies can do to get this in place:

  • Keep it as simple as possible.
  • You do not initially have to spend hundreds of thousands of Rands to buy an off-the-shelf system.
  • Start small and develop the programme further in small digestible steps.
  • Every position requires unique training interventions. Be specific and keep it relevant to the position.
  • Always ask the question: Is this training intervention going to improve the way in which we do business?
  • Clearly differentiate between what your organisation’s resources should train your employees on and where you need outside help.
  • Define and communicate the WHY, the HOW and the WHAT of your internal training programme.
  • Communicate much more than you think you need to. Show your employees the “how”, often.
  • Keep both the employees and their managers responsible for setting and achieving annual training targets.
  • Give every individual a personalised training plan.
  • Make enough time available to your employees for training. (43 hours / employee / year is a world class benchmark)
  • Material should be easily accessible.
  • Think carefully about the best combination of e-learning and classroom training.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Paradigm shifts in the way a company manage internal training is not something that will happen overnight. Be prepared to
    see sustainable change after year three only.

For a short overview of Pragma’s internal training programme, follow this link to YouTube: http://youtu.be/8WlGlYK7B4o

Contact: Liza Burger
Tel: 021 943 3900
Cell: 079 522 8903
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