Upskilling can be informal training (such as day-to-day coaching and mentoring in the workplace) or formal training (think apprenticeships, traineeships, certificate courses).
When introducing training, it’s best to start small. Here are some easy ways to get the ball rolling:
Obviously quite an informal method of training, but hugely effective. Taking 10 minutes a few times a week to teach staff a new skill can really pay off in the long run.
Some employers choose to gather the troops before the work day starts each day or week teach them something new (especially useful when everyone is fresh in the morning!). Or you might choose to buddy up some colleagues and start a culture of cross-training. It’s easy when you do it in small chunks, and can really inspire a positive culture of learning in the business!
Short online courses
Short online courses might not be formally recognised, but they can be great for developing skills for your staff. Great news is that they’re free, can be done at any time and suit entry level right through to senior management.
Check out sites like Alison.com. For those of you with iPhones and/or Apple ID’s, iTunesU is a great resource that features educational audio and video files from universities for free download in the iTunes store.
Traineeships and apprenticeships
Traineeships and apprenticeships are a more formalised approach to training, and many employers find that their trainees and apprentices turn into long-term employees. If you choose to go down this route, there are a lot of government subsidies and incentives that you can access to help with the cost of training.
If you’re not hiring but want to check out traineeships and apprenticeships for your current employees, many Registered Training Organisations will work with you to tailor accredited training programs for your staff. This can be a great way to make staff feel valued, productive, and stay with you in the long run! Give MAX a call on 1800 603 503 to find out more about this.
So there you have it, a few simple ways to promote learning and upskilling on a tight (or non-existent!) training budget. If you want to know more about training or upskilling your staff, you can email us at Corporate.Training@maxsolutions.com.au or call 1800 021 560.