On the Ball with Training Trends

The Birmingham Post (England), August 28, 1999 | Go to article overview

On the Ball with Training Trends


A friend of mine, a finance director of a medium-sized engineering company based in the Midlands, proudly announced last week that he is to fulfil his childhood dream.

This has nothing to do with taking his company to the market and making himself a millionaire in the process.

My friend is to have football coaching - a series of ten lessons which will be paid for by his company and which will enable him to lead his young son's football team next year.

This example epitomises the new attitude to training which is being adopted by increasing numbers of forward-thinking companies.

They realise that employees can often learn more outside the training room than inside it.

They have consequently relaxed the school-like grip on vocational instruction in the belief that teamwork, communication and people management skills can be enhanced in an informal, everyday atmosphere.

This move to encompass a less rigid training routine is an approach I welcome with open arms. Kept under careful control, and used in conjunction with formal training techniques, it may afford employees a more effective way of learning.

But a word of warning, though, for both employers and employees. As training options broaden, you must be careful not to lose sight of what both parties want to achieve.

Companies and managers have a bewildering array of courses to choose from.

But most human resources professionals agree you must always be clear about what you want so you can narrow down the options effectively. …

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