A corporate training program is only as effective as the strategy employed in its project implementation.
"Seamless" is the latest buzzword being used in Learning and Development circles to describe the ideal training program.
We all know what seamless means. It suggests a training program that has order, runs smoothly, that is aligned and integrated with the company's overall training objectives. It also means learners experience the program in a logical, flawless way without interruption.
Achieving a seamless delivery of your company's training program, however is easier said than done.
In order to help your organization jump on the Seamless Training Delivery Bandwagon, here are some practical tips on how to do so:
1. Align and Plan Curriculum With Big-Picture Business Goals
Experts suggest that a successful L&D strategy should be focused on developing knowledge and skills that have a direct impact on—and alignment with—business objectives.
Performance-based content starts with gathering the development of a content strategy that considers internal stakeholders goals and objectives and learners. It's a best-practice to integrate a strategic training program with clear performance goals through a multi-pronged approach that incorporates custom, targeted course development, digital platform design, relevant training content and post-training measurements and KPIs that align with overall business goals.
This point may seem obvious, but industry experts report that this is not put into practice often enough in the field.
In fact, research and training trends show that overall business strategy and training programs are too often out of sync:
- Only about 8 percent of L&D professionals believe their mission is aligned with company strategy
- Only 27 percent of Human Resources pros report there is an efficient connection between their department's KPIs and company business goals
2. Integrate Training Technology Resources
There is a compelling body of research that utilizing various learning technologies, with the proper onsite technical support, can have a profound impact on your business when planning a training event. For example, an IBM study recently found that training contributes to a 16% increase in customer satisfaction among companies that use online training software; 22% faster rollouts of products and services; and a 10% increase in the productivity of post-trained workers.
This maximized ROI is achieved not only because employees can apply their newly learned skills immediately, but also virtual training technologies eliminated geographic barriers that often minimized the value and effectiveness of a training program.
Another behind-the-scenes tool learners don't see but makes for an optimal training experience is the use of training planning management software. Modern corporate training can be complex. There are deadlines to meet, course content to create, marketing of training to be executed and virtually countless other details that go into it. Training planning and management software, such as Tracker, can be a secret weapon in delivering a seamless training experience.
3. Enlist an Outsourcing Training Partner
Corporate training pros will be the first to tell you that they have to be good jugglers.
Indeed, being able to keep and track multiple "balls in the air" is key to managing an effective training program.That is why most training managers and learning leaders report that the activities related to planning and scheduling training events places undo strain on their staff’s time, resources and budget. That is where making the strategic decision to hire a partner to augment your training planning and execution can ensure the seamless delivery you seek.
Therefore it is not surprising that companies frequently cite the value of a single-source solution as the main reason why they choose an outsourcing option for training delivery services. Decreasing the cost of training while also improving results is almost always among the top priorities.
Download this informative research report by MicroTek on how to reduce costs and improve training project implementation performance.