Do you have in-house space to train employees? Maybe you’ve got an empty conference room, or a handful of desks, or maybe you even have a full training center. So why would you want to go to an offsite location for your training events? Using an outsourced training location can actually provide several business and learning outcome benefits that may surprise you.
Offsite Training Venues Without Costly Real Estate Investment
Having dedicated onsite training space can be expensive—especially if you aren’t continually using the space. Rather than investing in expensive square footage that may be underutilized, it may make financial sense to take your training offsite. You will not only save on lease or purchase costs, but also utilities, cleaning, furnishings and technology investments.
Outsourced Training Locations are Scalable
When you take your training offsite, you are able to easily adjust to the amount of space you need. This saves on overall costs as you don’t pay for wasted space and don’t have long-term real estate commitments. It also allows you to quickly scale up for a large training rollout regardless of whether you have available internal space.
More Room/Flexible Space Options with Offsite Training Venues
When you use in-house space, you’re limited to the size and configurations of facilities you have available. If your training requires a larger space, you may find yourself squeezing too many people into an unsuitable room. Additionally, your space may not be configured in the best way for the type of training you need to deliver. For example, a conference room would not be well suited for a computer-based training. By taking your training offsite, you can find exactly the space and configuration that best fits the size and format of your event.
Outsourced Training Locations Provide Hospitality Staff and Technical Support
When your training is held onsite, support may be limited. Your IT and administrative staff will generally be busy with their typical workload, and may not be available to provide the assistance and support you need. Consequently, you may be the one dealing with setup and support. Working with a third-party facility that includes complimentary hospitality and technical staff allows you to be confident the training will be fully supported so that you can focus on your learning objectives.
Lower AV Equipment/Technology Investment
By using a third-party training facility, you can take advantage of audio/visual equipment and other teaching equipment and tools that you may not have readily available in house. For example, many training room rental facilities have advanced teleconferencing equipment, high definition projectors and fully-equipped computer labs. Using an offsite facilities allows you to take advantage of up-to-date technology without a long-term investment.
Offsite Training Facilities Help Eliminate Distractions
One of the biggest drawbacks to training in house is potential distractions. When your learners are unable to concentrate, they will not retain knowledge, significantly affecting the ROI of your training. If your training is held on premise, learners may have a hard time breaking away from their day-to-day routine, using break time to go back to their office to check their email, phone calls, etc. Co-workers may interrupt training by taking learners out of learning mode. If you hold your training offsite, participants have a chance to both physically and break away from their work routine and focus on the training.
Move to an Outsourced Training Location to Provide a Sense of Occasion
Taking your training offsite can provide a break from the day-to-day work routine that can ultimately lead to better learning outcomes. If your learners see the training as a special activity—a benefit that the company has extended—they are more likely to take it seriously. Additionally, because the training takes place in a new setting, it can make it more memorable leading to higher knowledge retention.
Ultimately, when you take into account not only the costs but also the learning environment and business benefits of an offsite facility, you may find that it makes business sense to take your training offsite.
Once you've decided to take your training offsite, how do you choose what type of venue to use? Read our post "How to Match Your Venue to Your Training: The Comparative Guide to Training Venues" for help choosing your location.