Choosing the Right Training and Development for Employees

04 Jul 2011

RTO • Training and Development • workplace training and development

Every organization must have a regular training and development plan for establishing qualifications and improving the competencies of employees. Selecting the appropriate training course requires a clear understanding of the competencies, knowledge and qualifications that make up a training package.

Training and Development Courses

A course is a structured form of vocational education and training that is used to develop specific skills in an employee. A certification course usually follows a process designed to promote learning. When the course is accredited by a state or territory training authority, its completion will lead to a qualification.

Qualifications: certify that a person has successful completed a training course and attained certain skills.

Units and modules: are building blocks that make up courses. Specific programs may include a set of modules which may be completed to gain a qualification or combined with other units or modules to create different qualifications.

Training and Development Packages

Not to be confused with training courses, training packages refer to the competencies and units or modules a person must complete to gain a specific qualification. These are not courses although they provide the framework for designing specific courses. A certification package will define the outcomes of training but it is the registered training organization that determines the actual structure and delivery of the course.

Choosing a Training and Development Provider

Thousands of training organizations exist in Australia although not all are registered. Registration is an important consideration when choosing a training and development provider. Registered training organizations ensure that an employee will receive high quality training and attain standard skills in the industry. Qualifications obtained from a registered organization are also recognized and accepted nationwide.

When selecting a registered training organization, important factors to consider include :

  • proven track record
  • qualifications and lessons that are compatible with your organisation’s procedures and equipment
  • availability of services
  • value for money
  • ongoing support for staff

Your choice of a training organization must be flexible to allow the best and most convenient options for the delivery of training courses. Depending on the course, you can arrange for delivery at the workplace, at the RTO’s premises or other place, or at both your workplace and the provider’s premises. Course times can also be arranged to take place during working hours, after work, on the Internet or in group training sessions.

Employee training and development entail time, effort and expense but have the potential to improve quality of work and increase business profits. Careful deliberation of the training course and provider will ultimately lead to a good return of your training and development investment.

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