Why waste your training budget sending people on courses that have very little tangible benefit to your organisation?
So often you hear the complaint: 'I went on this really interesting course but when I got back to work, it was a case of manuals or books filed away on the shelf and get on with the job. Nobody was interested in what I had learned'.
Research shows that a lot of excellent managers change jobs very soon after such an experience out of pure frustration.
This was not the result that you intended when you sent them in the first place. Now you have to spend even more of your hard won revenues in finding and developing replacements!
So, what can be done?
First of all it is not necessary to send people off site and away from their homes and families as well as having to find others to cover their jobs whilst away. All of this as an added expense over and above the cost of the course.
Secondly, for the money saved you can develop several people and not just one.
Thirdly, in the case of the DHIQC Diploma and Higher Diploma in Quality leadership, students can apply what they are learning during the course. They can share their thoughts with the other participants and with the expert tutor both on line or on site when suitable arrangements are made.
Each unit in this course requires the student to complete an assignment. The assignments have multiple purposes.
1. To enable the participant to relate the content of the course materials to its application of work experience and for every student this will be different.
2. To enable the participants to analyse their opinions on any observations made during the above and to report them as if to their own Chief Executive as to their relevance.
3. Each assignment requires the creation of a 4500 word report that could be presented to their CEO with recommendations as to what improvements might be made to work practices if the ideas stimulated by the task were implemented.
4. Participants can work alone but significant business benefits can be achieved if they work as a team. This has the added benefit that ideas are often seen to be more convincing when presented by a group rather than by individuals.
5. If your organisation enrolls five or more participants in a block, DHI offer to make available on an expenses only basis, an expert consultant to work on site for one day either with the participants or with the top management team or both, in order to assist with the clarification of any issues and to help facilitate the implementation.
6. If the offer is taken up, in many cases, improvements can be achieved which account for many times the cost of the course.
7. Finally, all of the units in the course are progressive. As the student works through the units eventually they will have created a complete Implementation Plan for their organisation. This will be better than any text book, better than any costly external consultant because:
- The Implementation Plan will have been created by your people, with job knowledge and who know the organisations specific strengths and weaknesses.
- All of the information in the Implementation Plan will be confidential and will stay within the confines of your organisation.
8. If the participant already has a Batchelor’s or other Level 6 Degree level qualification they can if they wish enrol at a University for a Post Graduate qualification. If they do not already have such a qualification, they can still enroll for a Post graduate qualification if they are a mature student (typically, over 30 years of age) and can demonstrate that their work experience is relevant to the qualification they aspire to and that it is of a suitable standard. DHIQC has presented the standard of the required assignments to three universities and they verify that this would be adequate in their opinions.
How to take this idea further?
For more information on Workplace Learning please contact our office on 01458 224040 or email david hutchins.co.uk