Empowering future talent through tailored training

Written by Fay Gibbin on 31 August 2018

In the modern workplace, a ‘one size fits all’ approach to training doesn’t get the best out of individuals. Many businesses are turning to tailored training to develop their future talent and empower their workforce to feel more valued and motivated.

Why do businesses need a tailored training approach?

With numerous benefits for businesses as well as their employees, a tailored approach to training is now seen as an essential part of employee development. In contrast with more tradition styles of training, this approach allows the programme to be developed with specific business goals, as well as the learner's needs in mind.

This can include ensuring that all employees are up-to-date on company policies or ensure that any gaps in skills or knowledge is covered in the programme.    

Many businesses are now embracing modern initiatives in the working environment to drive productivity, increase retention and create a comfortable and inspiring workplace. Being more flexible as a business also needs to be reflected in the training it provides.

Keeping employee’s goals and strengths in mind can lead to increased staff morale and therefore a higher rate of retention.

How are learners benefitting from tailored training?

The increasing use of technology has led to training becoming more adaptable. Elearning platforms make it easier to deliver training around the learner’s schedule, as such platforms are accessible from anywhere at any time.

Although face-to-face workshops and group sessions are important for engagement and discussion, elearning allows the learner to complete the training at a time and place that is best suited to their needs.

Finding the perfect balance of face-to-face and online training can deliver a training strategy that is tailored to the requirements of both the business and its employees. Acknowledging the needs of employees will ultimately lead to a happy and motivated team, which can be hugely beneficial to the overall success of a business.

Acknowledging how each learner best responds to training also plays a key part in flexible learning.

For example, some learners benefit from pictures, graphs and videos, whereas others need to use their senses, so role play activities work well when training them. Taking into consideration which environments learners thrive in and developing the training strategy around this ensures that they get the very best out of the training.

Through a tailored and flexible approach to upskilling, businesses are giving more responsibility to their employees and allowing them more control over their own progression. Providing the learner with more choice in how, what and where they learn will ultimately lead to a more motivated team as employees feel more empowered within their role.


How can you implement tailored learning?

One of the most effective ways to implement tailored learning is through monitoring employee performance. This allows businesses to identify which areas need development and therefore require investment in training. This can also be achieved through discussing with employees what areas they feel they would like to develop and improve on as part of their own progression.

Using this knowledge and working closely with a training provider to develop strategies and training programmes based on the findings can be hugely beneficial to the team. Keeping employee’s goals and strengths in mind can lead to increased staff morale and therefore a higher rate of retention.

Not only this, a highly skilled workforce, which has been trained to meet specific objectives, can help businesses to stay ahead of their competitors.                                      

Recording progress also plays a key part in a personalised approach to training. Consistently adapting and developing the programme based on the progress and efficiency of the course means it can be tweaked to be as effective as possible. Employees can also feel more valued, as tracking their progression during the training means they can be rewarded based on their development.


About the author

Fay Gibbin is CEO of BB Training Academy



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