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Training Time – The Whammy

The triple whammy – away from work, not billable, and it cost money. This has always been a sore spot for firms that are thinking of earning and saving money (and who isn’t). Since you have to dedicate the time to training it take you away from being productive and contributing to the project (on the short term). You also are not billable when you are in training since you are not contributing to the project deliverable. And finally it cost money to send you to training. If the trainer is an in-house employee, you are paying their salary. If they are on the outside, you pay for their time of a flat fee per student.

So how do you minimize the Whammy?

Carve it out in small chunks.

Keep the classes short and sweet. Lunch ant learns during the mid day break. Two hour sessions or four hour sessions allow people to contribute to project work. These short sessions also break learning into more palatable portions. No one is trying to learn too much at one time.

Keep it focused

Shorter classes mean better focus on one topic. By staying on topic the learning is drilled into the learner. No confusion related to multiple concepts or tasks.

Make it valuable

Give them handouts. Something to take with them. Do it hands on if possible. Follow up after the class to see if people are using what they learned.

Make it stick

Training sticks if you make it stick. By constantly reminding people of the new methods and tools you stand a chance of making progress. If you just train them, push them through class and never reinforce what they have learned, you most likely will not see advances made.

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#1 Comment By Anonymous On December 5, 2007 @ 12:23 PM

As a long time CAD trainer a few more items to add. Mostly regarding hands-on multple day classes

-When in training a student should be considered unavailable and not be contacted. Too often the training dollars are wasted because one or more students are needed for an “emergency”
. Worse case had 2 out 10 left in class by day 3 of 4.

-Off site is best unless you have real classroom. Jamming 6-10 people in a tiny conference room or worse with thier computers does not work.

-Lunch and learns are great, have set topic(s) or have a list of issues that and expert can chew through. When bringing in an outside expert have sample files avaiable for the expert to use. Have users compile a list of questions. Include file names with question for later reference as well.