Training and Development

The simple fact is, the better your people are trained and perform, the better your organisation will perform. Training and developing your people is therefore a key way to support business success.  Clear training and development plans and performance management strategies can do wonders for individual and the business.

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to!” 

Richard Branson

Training and development has many positive outcomes for the business and individuals. It can motivate people and reduce staff turnover. It can help people feel valued and build their confidence. It can have a positive impact on their wellbeing and engagement.

For the business, the better your people are trained and the more engage they are, the better they will perform. This then has a direct impact on how the business performs.

Every decision in a business is made by someone in the business

Every decision in a business is made by someone in the business. The quality of those decision will depend on how well people have been trained and their engagement.  It seems a no-brainer to make sure people are well trained.

Training and development does not have to be expensive. There are lots of methods and options that can be used.

The first step is to identify what training is needed. This needs to relate back to the commercial needs of the business i.e. what skills and knowledge are needed within the business. Once this is understood, you can identify what skills you already have and where the gaps are. This is generally done through a training needs analysis. Training can then be planned accordingly.

To monitor success, you can introduce performance management programmes or appraisals and set clear objectives for individuals.

Next Steps and Further Reading

Use the guidance and templates on to help you implement appropriate training and development plans and identify training needs.

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1. Introduction to Training

2. Induction Training

3. Training Needs Analysis

4. SMART Objectives

5. Appraisals

6. Paying for Training

7. HR Training for SMEs

8. Business Skills and People Management Training for SMEs

Templates & Downloads

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