What is in-house training?
In-house training, or internal training, is a type of corporate training that involves the use of a company’s own expertise and resources. The activity of training employees is carried out by internal staff and employees. The training refers to the teaching of work-related skills or knowledge to employees with the aim of improving their efficiency and productivity and the organization as a whole.
How to design in-house training?
Companies implement their own training in-house training programs to address their specific business needs. Therefore, designing in-house training programs depends on multiple factors such as the organizational size, number of trainees, number of trainers, the desired outcome of the training, etc.
Here are some key points to consider to help companies design in-house training programs:
1. Needs assessment
To design an in-house training program, a company will first need to carry out a Training Needs Assessment. Here, some important questions to consider are whether the company needs a one-off or regular training program, and what key issues would the in-house training aim to improve.
2. Toolkit design
To design a successful in-house training program, the company needs to decide what to include in the program toolkit, consider the resources required to develop these tools, and the overseer of the process. These training materials take many forms, including presentations, seminars, workshops, regular assessments, exams, and so on.
3. Validate the training program
Before rolling out a new in-house training program, the company first needs to validate the program. Companies can use current employees as focus groups. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the in-house training program with a small group and implement the necessary changes to the program at the nascent stage.
4. Train the trainers
It is important that the trainers delivering the in-house training program do so while being fully equipped. Therefore, the trainers might require prior training from in-house HR managers, or have an external trainer to assist with the trainer training and set up.
What are the advantages of in-house training?
1. They offer better value for money.
2. Companies have the ability to customize training to their own needs.
3. In-house training is more flexible in terms of scheduling.
4. Cost-saving for employees in terms of travel and other subsidiaries.
5. In-house training gives trainers the ability to adapt training if needed.
6. The company can develop its own tools which can also be commercialised.
7. Improves internal communication within the organization.