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Oct 9, 2007
Training has always had the same problems facing it, the main one being time constraints. Organisations have recognised that personal development is needed to get the best out of employees to make them more efficient, however taking people out of work proves costly. This puts many people off developing their staff, which if left can lead to irreversible damage to an organisation.

In todays training market, there is a range of training methods available. For example, bespoke training, ready-to-run programmes, coaching, ILM development awards or e-learning, are all popular methods. Many HR experts and training consultants have disputed which method produces the best results; however, each individual method has its place in development and can produce some amazing results.

Due to the different options available, companies can find it confusing evaluating which services to use when deciding on training solutions. This is normally because of the uncertainty in the required training objectives, the number of delegates can be unknown and trying to choose a delivery method that would suit both the training needs of the delegates and the organisation difficult.

The main aspects to consider when deciding on a learning and development solution are the training objectives. These need to be set at the beginning and preferably be measurable. This lays the foundations for what the course will be based on and if the objectives are measurable, it allows the results to become quantifiable and shows the organisation that the training was worthwhile.

Finding out how many delegates will be on the training programme is important, as the number of delegates will affect how cost effective each solution is. The location also needs consideration, for example if an organisation has many employees who are in need of training then the organisation needs to think about where the venue is, capacity, whether it is a suitable learning environment and how the disruption will affect the organisation.

Whether the programme is for a large or small number of delegates the above considerations always need to be well planned in order for the learning and development initiative to be successful.

Once the foundations are established, the next stage is to evaluate which delivery option would best suit the criteria. Many training methods can deliver effective learning and development solutions for all development topics, such as a management development programme, a customer service solution or a leadership programme. Each training method has individual benefits and a few of these are listed below:

Bespoke Training
* Unique to your company
* Designed around your training objectives
* Complete control over the project

Ready-to-Run
* Already written and packaged
* Tried and tested programme
* Set prices for the programmes

Coaching
* Full support and attention of the facilitator
* Coaching techniques can be used in future learning
and development initiatives
* A good development tool for senior figure heads

E-Learning
* Complete flexibility for when and where the learning
takes place
* Suitable for vast amounts of employees
* Monitoring system

This article has only mentioned a few training methods in order to highlight that each option has different benefits. Learning and development is an invaluable practice that organisations undertake and at times can be quite complicated.

This should not be a deterrent. Good learning and development specialist companies, like Righttrack Consultancy, would be able to talk through the options available and guide you in the best direction to make sure it fulfils all the objectives and more importantly give you a return on investment.
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Shaun Parker has reserched the fundamental training methods of modern organisations. for more information on Training.
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