With the change in workplace dynamics, HRs are tasked with ensuring the team is skilled enough to fit in the market, expand their scope of impact, and meet/exceed the set goals. In consequence, you may find yourself in dire need of a training institution to teach a new skill, to help your team to upgrade, or transfer their knowledge into their work. But with so many institutions to choose from, and with many, if not all, claiming to be the best in the market, it is likely that you might have challenges in differentiating.
So, what should you look for to identify the right one? This article has the answers.
a. Professional repertoire
This is perhaps the main factor that you should consider since it sets the ground for everything else that will follow.
What is the institution best known for?
Is it accredited?
What is the level of professionalism?
What do clients say about the training services?
Answering such questions will help you to narrow down the number for easy decision-making. Accreditation is a rigorous process of review of the course, the organization in general, and the selected trainers. If an organization is accredited, then it means you can trust the trainers and the content offered. In terms of customer review, there are numerous organizations that claim to offer the best in the market but fail to meet the needs of their clients.
b. Relevance of the courses offered
Has the institution looked far ahead into the future to ensure that the course offered will still be relevant?
As technology advances, some skills are becoming obsolete and the essence of others increasing. For this, it is important that you consider the future of the course that you are planning to undertake or what the institution is offering. The right institution is keen to follow trends and upgrade their content where necessary.
In addition, check the extent of tailoring of the courses. There are courses that are essential regardless of industry or years in operation. However, if presented in a one-size fits all approach, team members may not benefit maximally and your investment may not yield the expected results. An inquiry or review from other beneficiaries about the outline is likely to reveal whether your needs will be met or not.
c. Comprehensibility of content
The internet today has made access to volumes of information with the tap of a button. However, there are aspects that can only be best understood when experienced. When choosing a training institution, check to ensure that the information is comprehensive and goes beyond what is available online. A training institution that combines theory and industry expertise in their learning plans is likely to surpass learning objectives. Such trainers provide practical insights rather than theoretical on how the market can be approached. They can easily quote the relevant examples or pose challenges to aid understanding. The best thing about such a team is they are talking from experience rather than rehearsing what they think would be the best tips in particular areas.
d. Teaching technique
More often than not, learning goes hand-in-hand with working. Depending on the course, some last for long and others a few days or weeks. Some can be done remotely and others onsite. It thus makes sense to choose an institution that can offer options for a specific course for maximum benefits.
Also, a good trainer knows that people learn differently and incorporates the different needs to make the work inclusive. Considering this aspect increases the chances of maximum benefits.
e. Accommodation of your needs
Sometimes you may have a specific goal in mind that you want an institution to help you fulfil. In that case, an institution that listens to your needs, curates its strategy, and informs you on how the goals can be achieved is the right option. There are many training institutions in Kenya but some have not embraced the flexibility needed to fulfil achieve some organizational goals.
There is almost no room for errors in the professional space as this leads to financial losses. Training is an investment destined to benefit the company for a long time. As a result, you should be keen enough to identify the right institution by considering all the factors listed above.