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Are you being trained? 4 signs of great training

Posted by: Nicola Batty
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Virtually every company claims to have a training programme designed to integrate new employees into the business and get them up and running. But how do you tell the difference between training and Training?

1. Training is ongoing

Research conducted by Total Jobs highlighted how important regular training is. 9 out of 10 employees said they want their company to offer more training in order to develop new skills.

Training should be ongoing so that as an employee you are able to continually grow and develop alongside the business. The research showed that people want training to assist them in their current roles and help them improve and develop their existing skills which will allow them to continue their career progression.

If you want to develop you have to, well, develop. That comes from ongoing, consistent training.

At Navartis, our dedicated training bay welcomes new employees with a four-week programme designed to introduce Trainees to the Navartis way of recruiting. But things don’t end there. Our training manager holds weekly coaching sessions with recruiters for up to six months in order to monitor their progression.

2. Varied training mixes it up

Not everyone learns the same way. One new starter may pick something up very quickly, while another may need ongoing training to grasp a concept. Similarly, training isn’t simply a case of cramming 30 people into a room and lecturing them for an hour. Classroom training has a place, but if Fridays 9am-10am are the only designated slot then your learners will start to see it as a chore and they will zone out (trust us!)

On-the-job and one-to-one sessions are what give employees the chance to show what they can do, turning theory into practice. This gives the trainer the chance to see what’s working and what isn’t.

At Navartis, our training manager works around the needs of the recruiter and the business, holding regular at-the-desk sessions. This gives him a glimpse into their everyday work, in turn allowing him to see what’s working and what isn’t on a recruiter-by-recruiter basis.

3. The training adapts

New training techniques are being developed every day and the internet has a wealth of blogs around how to be an effective trainer. A good programme will keep on top of this and evolve. Trainers need to adapt to learning styles, but just as important is being able to adapt to the new needs of a business or the changing environment of the industry.

As a business recruiting in the power, rail, civils and construction sectors in the UK, Canada, Australia and Europe, our training needs to keep up-to-date with the latest industry news and trends so that our recruiters are armed with the knowledge to become specialists in their fields.

4. People tell you the training works

People love to take as much credit as they can. “It was all me,” you’ll hear. What you should be on the lookout for is the “I couldn’t have done it without….” part of the Oscar speech. The number one sign of a great training programme is that junior and senior employees alike recognise that it armed them with the skills they needed to excel in their career.

Navartis Training Manager Paul Eaton said: “It’s always surprising when I talk to people who join us that have never had any structured training and were left to fend for themselves. It’s amazing how people become so successful with zero support. At a time when some companies are limiting or cutting their spending on learning & development, we are doing the opposite.

“Ask anyone here (no really, please do) how much training they have had and if it has been useful? They will talk passionately about the help and support that they got from day one and that they continue to receive. Now ask yourself, have you been trained to do your job and to do it well? When was the last time you had training? Are you being trained?”

Navartis have a dedicated Learning & Development team who we will help you to develop your skills via one-to-one training, desk level coaching, class-based theory training, industry leading external trainers and also CMI or CIPD fully funded qualifications. This type of learning & development happens daily.


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