HR Training and Development

What is Training and Development?

Training and Development is aimed at enhancing the job performance of individuals and groups in an organisational setting. Training and Development allows people to develop new skills and competencies. It enables management to tackle, in a constructive, open, and transparent manner issues that may be preventing the organisation from fully succeeding. It can also be used to address gaps in knowledge that may have been missed, as part of the individual’s or team’s development.

It is always advisable, before undertaking any form of training, that a full needs assessment takes place. This allows you to understand the existing competencies of the team. It also enables you to set a benchmark against which improvements can be fairly assessed and measured.

What are the benefits of Training and Development with Beststart?

All of Beststart’s training is conducted on a bespoke basis. In addition, we use our own original material and do not run training courses on behalf of other providers. However, we will deliver a client’s own material if this is felt to be the best approach and preferable. Training and development programmes are built by clearly understanding our clients’ needs and then, those of the participants.

Working collaboratively, one of Beststart’s HR Consultants will work with you to develop and refine the course material. Dependent upon content and complexity, we will initially trial the training before approving formal roll-out. Of course, as part of the service, we provide good communication and advance notification.

Training courses can be conducted over a half or full day, although we have run a series of training courses over a week or several months. This enables participants to build up their knowledge over a period of time and not suffer too much information and overloading too much in to one session.  It also allows the knowledge to potentially be put in to action in the workplace between training sessions and allow employees to discuss with the trainer any challenges they may have faced when they applied their newly gained knowledge and skills in your workplace.

The outcome of any Training and Development can be profound, particularly if the coursework is reinforced post activity. People obviously feel valued and more confident in their role and as a result performance, and motivational levels increase. However, to ensure this momentum is maintained, it is important that some form of review and reinforcement takes place. We will work with you to ensure there is continued engagement although, this is always at your discretion.

Types of Training and Development?

Generic Training and Development very rarely works, as it is not tailored and therefore, unlikely to meet any of the organisation’s or individual participant’s needs.

Our ability to develop bespoke training in-house means any topic or subject matter can be covered. Examples include integrity and values training; wellbeing and engagement; communication and leadership; coaching and team building; as well as one-to-one mentoring, to ensure people have the necessary skills to develop with the organisation.

Training and Development can be delivered one-to-one or to a team or groups of employees. Delivered, more often than not in an open, collaborative environment, we aim to make engaging training courses that create interest and discussion and engender deeper learning.

More recently, we have introduced actors to assist in the delivery of certain elements of training. This avoids the need for role play, something few people are completely at ease with. By focusing attention on a particular scenario, debate can be quickly generated, which can then be facilitated to achieve the desired outcome.

Who is Training and Development perfect for?

Organisations with 15 or more people often benefit most from training their staff. Where there has been a change in leadership or a refocusing of effort, requiring staff to get on board, training can be highly effective.

Where there are issues in culture, function, and job role, training can help bridge the divide by enabling people to see things from a different perspective as well as developing new skills to overcome their fears and limitations.

Strategic training that focuses on both training employees in their current role while developing skills for their future roles and responsibilities is an essential part of an organisation’s succession planning.

Equally, facilitating meetings at a senior management or ‘C-level’ often allows more controversial issues to be shared and discussed in an open and safe manner. This is done by managing the emotional and personal emphasis often accompanied in more challenging discussions.

If you would like to find out how Beststart can help create a specific Training and Development programme for your organisation, please email or call us on 01438 747 747.