Advantages and Disadvantages of In-House Training
Choosing a training course for your employees is no mean feat. Many companies will be wondering what should the course content include and which topics should to be covered to ensure their employees get the most out of it. But one of the main questions is whether to hold in-house training, or send employees to an external classroom training course.
Often, in-house training courses aren’t always the perfect solution for everyone, which is why the majority of businesses opt to send their employees on external training courses. Despite this, it is entirely possible to achieve both through organising in-house training conducted by an external training provider. However, this is entirely dependent on the training you want your employees to undergo, price and whether all your goals will be achieved.
To help with this decision, we have put together a guide, outlining the advantages and disadvantages of in-house training, to help you decide which is best for you and your employees.
Advantages of In-House Training
Paying for training courses can be expensive – especially if you want each of your employees to take part. But through in-house training, the cost per person is typically much lower than sending employees on external training due to the fact the training company has to send one trainer to you, as opposed to sending the whole team elsewhere. This is highly advisable if you have more than three employees taking part in a course.
Furthermore, you also won’t need to pay any of your employees' travel and accommodation costs, which can be costly when fuel, public transport and hotel prices are high. This could save companies a significant amount of money, which can be spent elsewhere on your company.
Running an in-house training course for a single company can allow the training to be a lot more focused on topics that are relevant to your business. This means that you can communicate with the external trainer about what goals need to be achieved, resulting in tailored courses that can train employees from your workplace. This is highly advantageous, as other training courses (such as e-courses) tend to be generic and cover blanket topics. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what you want your employees to get out of the course.
Can use work examples
In-house training can mean that courses can be prepared to discuss and fix a range of different issues using real-life examples, which is arguably the most effective way of learning. Employees will be able to use and work on current examples that are relevant to their roles, rather than a generic example which can be hard to translate to their job.
Team bonding exercise
In-house training allows employees from different departments and levels to communicate and work together, thus encouraging teamwork. This kind of learning environment is often the best way to learn, as not only are ideas bounced off each other, it can lead to more awareness surrounding other employees’ roles, resulting in new-formed friendships and increased staff morale.
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Disadvantages of In-House Training
Although you save money by asking a training company to come to your company HQ to carry out in-house training, there is a lot more admin required. Requirements of in-house training courses could include organising a suitable training room, parking for the trainer, and ensuring the correct equipment is available, such as projectors, laptops and tablets etc. These must be sorted out and in advance to ensure the training works and runs as smoothly and successfully as possible.
Dedication may be compromised
As much as this is a benefit, it can also be a disadvantage as some training resources may not be accessible as they may only be available for use the external training provider's site. Furthermore, due to being on-site, work can get in the way and result in interruptions, such as pulling employees out of the course to deal with any problems arising in the workplace.
Furthermore, it could be argued that by not moving the training course out of the company building, it might not be viewed as such a serious event by employees than if you were to take them to an external location. Again, the convenience factor means it is easier to duck in and out.
As well as the training course itself, another key component of the day is networking. Not only is this a great way to market your company, but an opportunity for employees to meet likeminded people and build working relationships, which is valuable in any industry. However, an in-house training course means your staff will not meet anyone from other companies, and won't be given an insight into other company ethos', and styles of working and problem-solving, which can be a major disadavantage.
There are many advantages and disadvantages of in-house training, but each of the points mentioned vary from company to company. It is a good idea to review what you want to get out of your training sessions, and weigh up whether an in-house or external course is best for you and your company.
If you have any questions regarding in-house training, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team. We're more than happy to assist you.
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