People Management and Development

In this essay I will be discussing what training is, the importance of training and how it is used as a vital tool for organisations, the benefits to organisations for providing training as well as the benefits gained by employees from undergoing the training programme. I will then talk about the different types of training programmes offered and their associated benefits. I will then go on to discuss how training is closely linked to development and therefore what can be gained by employees as well as the organisation.

I will begin by talking about learning and how it relates to training. Learning is seen to be a process in which a change of behaviour can be reached through development and then maintained by obtaining knowledge and skills from previous experiences. It is said to be believed that the level of ones knowledge is linked to their salary. Therefore, the more knowledge and level of skill one has, the higher the salary is likely to be, vice versa.

Training is therefore said to be defined as a way of providing trainees with sufficient information as well as past experiences in order to be equip them with the right skills, knowledge, solutions and experiences in order for them to carry out their duties and day-to-day activities in a professional and informative manner, which will also be beneficial to customers. Training is also seen to be beneficial to employees as it allows them to learn more and therefore allows them to have a greater span of knowledge and skills.

From an employers’ perspective, training is used as vital tool for success in order to stay ahead of competition. The environment in which businesses operate within are rapidly advancing and developing every minute, as the market place is being introduced to all the time. It is therefore important for businesses to stay ahead of the game as well as competition by providing their employees with sufficient training in order for them to familiarise themselves with the constantly upgraded methods of technology that is being introduced.

Why should organisations spend more money on training? Training is seen as an important tool for businesses as it is a method used for enhancing organisational effectiveness. By providing training to employees, businesses have a well skilled and fully knowledgeable workforce which in turn leaves them in a position where they have a competitive advantage over rival competitors.

Money spent on training also allows employees to grow and develop themselves in all aspects related to the work environment as well as outside of work. For example, employee growth is increased by providing them with training, which also allows them to pick up new skills as well as enhance existing skills, which in turn allows them to use these skills at work and in their personal lives, which results in the growth and development of the employee.

However, when organisations invest in training, it is seen to be very time consuming and costly. It is vital for organisations to ensure that they make appropriate use of their funds and to understand the outcome of their implemented training. The outcome of training cannot be observed or measured and therefore line managers cannot conclude an evaluation of change. However, they can talk to trainees and find out about areas in which something had gone wrong or did not help.

Another benefit that employers face by providing training to employees is that organisations maintain a highly skilled and trained workforce, which in turn reduces the need for extra manpower and cuts down on recruiting costs. While at the same time the organisation face a higher level of sales which is gained by an increase level of performance by employees which in turn is gained by the sufficient training that is initially provided to employees.