Organizing an ongoing skills training program is a smart decision for any company looking to help their employees meet business goals. However, how will you know that training your workforce has been or will be effective? The following 5 tips are designed to help facilities begin preparing, implementing and measuring the performance of a goal-oriented training program.
What are your goals for implementing an industrial skills training program?
- Understanding what your goals are before training will help you set-up specific benchmarks for
your facility’s improvement. Is training needed for:
- Increased production/ quality?
- Reduction in equipment downtime?
- Meeting safety standards/ requirements?
- Establishing a workforce cross-training or apprenticeship program?
- Boosting employee empowerment and morale?
How is your workforce currently performing?
- Recording and measuring current workforce performance levels will be important in determining
if you have met your goals of the training program by measuring increases in your planned objectives.
Implement a success-measurement process.
- Calculate the worth of the training program in terms of costs and increased revenues.
- Make sure to include the total training cost in your calculations:
- Price of training materials.
- Employee and trainer time investment.
- Development of the training infrastructure.
Assess the program for future improvement.
- Was/ were the chosen training medium(s) successfully delivered?
- Which methods were received well? Which ones lacked effectiveness?
- Were there any positive or negative unplanned outcomes?
- What are the business’s next steps?