So, the summer is sadly over. Your team have enjoyed a holiday or two and, hopefully, feel refreshed and invigorated. September and October are traditionally back to school/university months and have the feeling of starting something new. Plus, as the countdown to the end of the year begins, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the game.
Planning your training requirements
At Basis Training, we notice that many of our clients use this time of year as a way to plan the next twelve months of the year. From determining the need for recruitment to planning training; creating a schedule now can help to keep your business on track through the busy end of year, and the frantic start of the new year.
“During this time of year, we receive many calls from our long-standing clients and new clients who are looking to firm up their training plans and get dates in the diary for training in the year ahead. Many of our clients have an idea when their recruitment drives will be and having training booked in ensures all new staff receive a high level of training. At the same time, refresher training for existing staff can fall into the gaps so that training throughout the year is steady. This can help to limit the pressure on resources when training is underway.” – John Davies – Director of Basis Training.
How to plan your training schedule
So, if you’re ready to tackle your training schedule, here are a few key aspects to consider for a fool-proof training plan.
- What training does your team need?
Each individual should have their own training file which covers the training they had, what needs refreshing, and the new training they need to receive.
If your team is relatively new, or you don’t have training files in place yet, consider these three aspects;
- The essential skills you need to teach new hires
- The skills for all employees that will help to improve their existing workflows
- The training that will upskill your employees when it comes to supporting a new service or product that the organisation will offer.
- When is the best time of year for training?
Each company will have different times that will be busier than others. For example, nurses and hospital staff will be busier in winter, so spring may be a better time for training. Secondly, training may be more relevant at certain times of year than others. For example, frontline workers may benefit from PMVA training before a busy Christmas and New Year season when they may expect a lot more confrontation from the public, such as those under the influence of drink and drugs.
- What are your recruitment plans?
If you plan a recruitment drive, then it is wise to book your training after your new employees are settled in. This will prevent you from having to book the same training at different points in the year. That said, having a mop-up session in the diary is always useful in case some staff are away during your first round of training.
- Plan for feedback
Training will only be useful if you gauge the response afterwards. At Basis Training, we always ask our course attendees for feedback so we can make our training even better. In your organisation, look for feedback through improved performance and effectiveness on the back of your training courses.
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If you are sorting out your training plan for the rest of 2019, 2020 and beyond, then get in touch with Basis Training today by calling 01446 740 411. We will be happy to sit down and discuss your exact training needs and come up with a bespoke plan to suit your employees.