Track Training Tips No. 2

4 Key Steps to Getting the Best from Your Training Budget.


A recent report in the ILM magazine ‘The Edge’ had the following statistics:


  1. Percentage of staff who treat a training day like a day off work – 48%
  2. Percentage able to get through training without having to interact or say a word – 21%
  3. Percentage who think training is frequently irrelevant to the job or fails to teach the necessary skills – 36%
  4. Percentage who find current training techniques uninspiring or uninteresting – 29%


Worrying to say the least. So what can you do about this sorry state of affairs?

Set the right culture – this is key.

Learning and Development is a requirement, it’s for everyone, it’s the way we operate, it’s a business differentiator.

Involve Line Managers and ensure that Learning Objectives are set prior to attendance, make sure that these are reviewed with the delegate immediately on their return to work.

Ensure that this process is embedded in your review systems and take action when it is not followed through.

Get delegates to coach other team members on their return to work.

Ensure the CEO/MD gets involved – he/she will only need to do so once!

Choose the right Training Deliverer!

Discuss the contents and the delivery style – you want it to be interactive and thought provoking.

How will YOU cost justify the expenditure!

Consider the use of some form of assessment at the end of the day – it’s not a jolly after all !

Manage the process and be consistent.

Set Learning Objectives, assess the learning, ensure transfer back to the workplace, involve the Manager, review the course regularly.

Ensure you get the right delegates on the appropriate course.

Review the Trainer and the material.

Produce your own case studies for use.

Ask the right questions on the Evaluation forms.

Review the blend of materials – pre course reading, individual work, syndicate work, feedback sessions, group exercises, tutor input, avoid ‘death by Powerpoint’.


The ‘intellectual capacity’ of your whole organisation is what sets it apart from the competition. Apply the same planning and thinking to organising a training event as you would to buying a new piece of machinery – and see the results.

Links to workshops:

 Transforming Potential into Capability.

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