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How To Choose a Training Provider?

Determine your needs.

Select the best training company for the job — the most successful investments are made by first completing an in-depth analysis of your team’s current skill levels, desired performance standards, culture, and goals. Prospective training companies should be measured and chosen based on their abilities to best meet your expected training results in a cost effective manner. Which is most effective training method for your company, Leader-led/Classroom Learning, eLearning, Job-Aids or a Blended Solution?

Does the training company deliver training or education?

There is a difference! Education provides people with information and knowledge about a subject or topic. Training provides people with job skills and insight into how they actually behave and function. Make sure your training company will provide your people with a chance to learn and develop ‘how-to’ skills not just knowledge about what they could do. If there isn’t a significant change in the way your people do things after being trained, your money probably could have been better spent. You want training, not education.

Is There a Clear Return on Investment?

In today’s business environment, corporate training initiatives should pay their own way. Your training company should be able to demonstrate how their solution provides the best ROI.

If eLearning Then What?

Some training companies can only provide a generic off-the-shelf solution and spend all their energy convincing you it is the right solution. They don’t take the time to understand your particular needs so they can’t custom-design programs to address them. ‘One-size-fits-all’ training should generally be avoided.

Do They Have the Expertise?

Your training company should be able to work to your scheduling needs, as well as adjust specific program outlines and focus to maximize your team’s training time investment. Your training company should be “experts” in your industry – able to speak familiarly on a number of subjects relevant to your organization. Training adults to do things differently is tricky business and requires skill-transfer techniques based on proven principles as well as sound research. Your training company should possess a high level of professional integrity, a willingness to do business, exceptional follow-through, expert delivery, current training materials, and a desire to see your business succeed.