The UK training industry is one of the largest and most influential industries in the country. It is one of the sectors that truly drives the economy and over the past few years it has mirrored the expansion and contraction of the UK economy.
Management & Leadership training, Business skills training, I.T. Training, Health and Safety Training as well as industry specific training such as Healthcare and Construction have all struggled to adapt to lower demand, lower prices and increased competition. This situation has led to more and more aggressive Sales and Marketing initiatives being developed and auctioned by Training Companies which has made the task of sourcing the right provider extremely difficult for even the most knowledgeable HR / Training Manager.
But choosing the right training provider is more important than ever before with the need to ensure workforces are skilled in their jobs and competent to be able to fulfil their ever changing roles and responsibilities.
Below are some thoughts and tips from Training Promotions who are a leading specialist company in sourcing the best possible training provision to fit your needs.
If you're searching the internet for providers, be very clear and specific with your search terms.
Beware falling into the search engine trap of only looking at the first page or two. Many of the best trainers are busy training and not able to spend the time (or money) getting to the top of the rankings.
Is the training company you are looking at a Generalist or Specialist? In our experience those that focus on a specific topic area tend to deliver higher quality than those who spread their delivery across a wide range of topics.
Find out whether the company use freelance training associates or whether they are employed trainers. Generally a specialist company will employ high quality trainers who deliver their subject in the method and style represented by the company. Where associate trainers are used the styles, approaches and content are more likely to vary and may be inconsistent with the training company brand identity.
Find out how long the company has been in business. Any company in the UK that has operated though the recession will be fairly robust. There have been many new training companies that have sprung up in the last two years as employed trainers have been made redundant and set their own business up. They may well be fantastic at what they do but as a buying company it is worth doing some in depth checks to make sure you are getting the quality you deserve.
Get testimonials from companies that the training company has worked with before. Find out what was taught, who taught it and how their style matched not only the brief but also the many courses industry knowledge and experience is extremely important. Has the training company you are looking at got it and can they prove it?
Most companies say they design courses to meet your needs. Make sure you find out exactly what that means. Normally that will involve spending time in the organisation understanding what is needed. This will obviously increase costs but may well improve delivery to the point where required outcome is achieved
What involvement do the company offer post training course / programme. Will they come back and review the course with you? Do they offer post course support via Skype / email etc?
Most importantly of all are you clear on what you want as an outcome and have you discussed and defined with the training company how it will be measured? Where possible tie the training company into the evaluation and measurement phase so that everyone has a vested interest in the desired outcomes.
Training Promotions provide a Free service to Organisations looking to find the best possible solution to their training needs. We have a team of learning and development specialists who do not deliver training but independently provide advice and source provision based on training need and brief.
We save buying companies time, money and most important of all we increase the chances of the training having the desired effect.