In House Training Program: What Are the Benefits for Industrial Workers?
You know you need to provide periodic safety training for your workers. In your industry, things change fast, and your workforce needs to keep up with the latest trends in equipment and technology, and with safety regulations. But training can be a major expense, impacting your bottom line. How do you devote sufficient resources to get the job done, but also not blow your budget?
In-house training is one way employers provide crucial training but also keep down expenses entailed when sending employees away for training. But there are other advantages as well. Here’s a comprehensive look at the advantages of in-house training for industrial workers.
Why Train Your Workers?
Properly trained employees are the key to profits and stability in your workplace. Training ensures the following:
- Your workforce knows how to do the jobs they are assigned
- Your employees know how to use equipment efficiently
- There’s less wear and tear on equipment when employees are trained to operate it
- The workforce operates with maximum safety so there are fewer accidents, less downtime due to injury, and minimal equipment breakage
Training can be successfully provided externally or in-house. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, in-house training offers some unique opportunities.
Advantages of In-House Training
- One of the major advantages of in-house training is that it saves money. You can avoid paying for travel, lodging, and meals.
- When trainings are held on your premises, there’s less disruption of your workflow. Trainees are not at their tasks when they’re attending the in-house seminar or workshop, but they are close by in an emergency if they need to work overtime to keep things running while the training is taking place.
- In-house training, when tailored specifically for your business, bypasses many of the encumbrances of external training. In-house training can be customized so it reflects knowledge of a particular organization’s culture, its mission, and its operating procedures.
- External trainings often involve a diverse class of trainees, so that the instructor must spend time explaining the material in terms of several different industries. With in-house training, the instructor can focus on your industry alone.
- Successful in-house trainings can provide hands-on seminars, lectures, and workshops that connect with the employee in a meaningful way, by dealing with examples, challenges, and problems the workforce encounters every day. The best trainings will reflect the language and terminology specific to the industry.
- With in-house training, follow-up questions and answers may be more meaningful because the lecturer has an opportunity to evaluate the material’s relevance and adaptability specific to the workplace.
- Meaningful team building can occur in an in-house training. Most of the trainees will know each other, or at least know something about what the other members of the class do. Being in a classroom session with co-workers can extend their knowledge of the industry in general and the business in particular. Attendees at an in-house training may bond better once they know more about their co-workers’ jobs and responsibilities. Working on projects together or in small group activities can build relationships for the betterment of the industry.
- An in-house training by an outside provider can help to update your company’s culture, improving best practices by presenting fresh material. Inside trainings that repeat the same material over the years can be stale, particularly if the workers have had it before. Attention span is likely to go down. A professional trainer can help ensure that your workforce is being exposed to the latest technology, and that their skills are being updated as they need to be.
Any business can involve an element of risk, regardless of if you’re using heavy equipment, handling hazardous substances, working with sophisticated electrical systems, or just changing the office’s water cooler. Safety training is first and foremost so that workers can do their jobs with minimal exposure to hazards so they remain injury free. But good safety procedures can also protect you from liability for injuries, from loss of profitability, and your equipment from breakdowns.
Hiring an outside company to perform your in-house safety training can ensure that your employees are up on the latest industry regulations, as well as the latest news on safe practices for equipment and technology.
A benefit that is not as obvious with in-house safety training is that it shows you care, and that can help build employee loyalty.
Want to know more about in-house trainings you can schedule at your business? Contact NTT Inc. TODAY for more information about hands-on safety and industrial trainings customized for your workforce.