As an HR or Training Manager, it is your duty to plan the training and development of your staff. Should you choose open training, corporate training or both? This is the question some HR Managers have asked me. First of all, for the purpose of clarity, I will quickly explain what I mean by each term.
A corporate training is one organized for the members of staff of a particular organization. The class may be made up of
A corporate training can hold in the premises of the recipient organization. It can also hold in a neutral venue such as a typical training venue or in the conference hall of a hotel.
However, an open training is one that is organized for the general public. People have to register from various organizations and learn together. While some organizations sponsor their staff to attend these human capital development events, many do not. Some staff members take it upon themselves to bear the cost of sending themselves for these trainings. While some organizations have a policy to refund what their staff spend on formal personal development after a stipulated period, others do not.
Both training methods have many disadvantages. For example, if the facilitator is not skilled, the staff members might not be able to “see outside the box” in a corporate training. And also, an open training can expose the staff to get poached by another organization. The solution to the latter is to have a conversation with the participant and pay a percentage of the fee if you can. Another solution is to send at least 2 people who are not friends to the same open trainings.
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