Most career schools and colleges undertake serious efforts to make their operations more efficient. Policies and procedures are written to ensure that the school is operated according to approved guidelines. Job applicants are screened for prerequisite skills before they are hired. Managers and supervisors form a chain of command. Diligent as these measures are, you will not produce competent employee performance without training programs designed specifically to develop or improve job performance.
Here are a few reasons why training is important to your school:
Learning can take place without a formal structure. However, formal training can demonstrate that learning is taking place, that the learner’s interest is held, and that experience is provided in the application of concepts. Improved job competence benefits the employee, the manager/supervisor, the students and the school.
Most managers and supervisors provide their staff and faculty with informal training. These include:
Informal training is very valuable. However, informal training must not be substituted for formal training; there is no way to adequately verify that the training took place. Also, there is no way to assure the quality of informal training. I will discuss the elements of formal training in my next blog.