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In-house training methods

In-house training methods
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In-house training courses are a very popular approach, particularly in large organisations with dedicated learning, training and development departments.

For example, an organisation may provide its own training in topics such as general induction, skills relevant to the sector, and management techniques.

Advantages of in-house training

  • Takes place at work, at a time to suit the individual and the organisation
  • Company equipment/procedures can be used for training purposes
  • Can save money (provided suitably-trained staff exist in-house)
  • The skills acquired are directly related to the job as it is not a generic training course

Disadvantages of in-house training

  • Individuals only meet people from their own organisation, which does not provide them with the opportunity to share experiences
  • Has the added risk of individuals more likely to pull out of training at the last minute owing to pressures of work and situations that may occur on the day
  • Individuals are also more likely to get pulled away from training to deal with problems if on-site, meaning that they will not be focused and dedicated to their training
  • Individuals less likely to openly discuss difficulties if their supervisor/manager is present, so key training needs or issues that are important to the individual may not be raised
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