Training an individual can depend upon various factors that govern the individual, the organization, the learning aptitude of the individual, the subject or activity of training, and the viablity of the program itself. Looking at some key training methods or specific and pre-dominant techniques we have:
On-the-job Training: Companies that are small in size or do not have the time or money to invest in training or feel that the individual learns better by doing or performing the job opt for this type of training program. Nevertheless, it is an effective real-time learning experience for the individual although they may learn the job by making mistakes.
Lectures and Conferences: Knowledge-sharing is another way of learning and experts in the different fields of study find this an effective way to learn and spread learnings.
Off –the- Job Training: Any training that takes place away from the actual place of work or that, which is not directly related to the job of the individual. Off- the- job training may focus on soft skills or generic skills often instructed by experts.
Demonstration: Industrial and technical trainings are taken in this form. This is this one of the most effective ways of training in the enginneering industry.
Role- plays: It is a popular form of training for personnel in Sales and customer service activities. They teach the individual the essential aspects of a dialogue along with negotiation skills.
Classroom Training: The conventional form of training still a very effective platform for concept explanations.
The mode of delivery of a training program determines the effectiveness or the success of the training program. It is essential to deliver a content-rich and high quality, training program on the right platform or select the most appropriate mode for its delivery to ensure that participants benefit and appreciate the content. A good training design will also detail and determine the mode of delivery.
- Web based training – In the era of the internet, web based learning and training programs have become a very convienient way of delivering training. Learners in remote geographical parts and learners who are of want of time can effectively participate and learn through the various tools that are available eg: chat sessions, video conferencing and online study material.
- Self-paced training – These training modules enable the learners to learn or train in their own time and pace without an instructor or a guide. The courses so developed are predominantly study materials, which are self-explanatory along with in-built test formats. These are downloadable versions or CD ROM’s
- Blended training – A blended training program is usually the right juxtaposition of an instructor-led training and that of a self-paced training.
Well, the basics intact create your own training modules and take your mentee or trainee through them with ease.