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If you’ve ever been responsible for, or had a degree of influence in, building a training program for your organization, you’ve likely been faced with a potential dilemma: Can you build the training in-house, or do you need external assistance? By “external” we mean partnering with an external training consultancy or training specialist to help with some or all of your training. When faced with a project, there are some concrete business advantages in deciding to work with a training specialist to help with your training delivery plans.
To determine if this is the right path for you, ask yourself the following questions:
- - Is your primary business driver to save money and/or stay within a tight budget?
- - Are you concerned with the overall quality and alignment of your participants' key learning outcomes?
In either case, working with an outsourced training specialist can help you save time, resources, and money while achieving high-quality outcomes.
In terms of cost savings, first, think about how many internal employees you have to dedicate to the project. If you’re like most companies, your resources are pretty limited. Even if you feel you have enough people to pitch in for the project, what could those employees be working on instead, if they weren’t spending time on this particular project? If they’re members of the training or learning and development organization, for example, they likely have other responsibilities related to ensuring your employees are supported and your business is operating smoothly. If you take these employees away from these and other valuable activities, the lost time and resources could end up costing you a lot of money. When working with a training specialist, you can put the heavy lift and project work on them while keeping your valuable employees focused on the important work needed in their day-to-day jobs.
Although cost savings is always an important consideration in deciding between staying in-house or going with an external training specialist, many organizations place more emphasis on project quality. Does your organization have the internal resources to ensure your training project is both running smoothly and aligned to the specific learning outcomes of your participants? A training specialist works closely with your organization to clearly understand all of your training project plans, ensuring that those plans translate into new valuable skills that can be applied to your team’s day-to-day jobs. An external training specialist will use powerful survey tools and technology to ensure that once the training is complete, the quality of the training can be measured and valuable feedback can be collected.
One final and very important aspect to consider is the value of a long-term partnership. Many training vendors offer consultative services well after the training is completed to ensure any training can be measured and adjusted as appropriate. Once a particular learned skill is mastered, it’s likely more upskilling will be required in other areas, and perhaps different groups in your organization will need training. An external training partner is well-equipped to support the needs you have today, tomorrow, and as the future unfolds, offering long-term value to your organization. This could provide the peace-of-mind you're searching for.
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