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Unlock potential: Why every technical apprentice needs personal development

Technical apprenticeships are invaluable pathways for individuals to kickstart their careers in fields like engineering, IT, construction, and beyond. While the focus of these apprenticeships typically revolves around technical skills, there’s an equally crucial aspect that often gets overlooked: personal development.

In this blog, we’ll explore why personal development is essential for every technical apprentice and how it can unlock their full potential.

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A good day spent at World of Learning London Summit 30-31 Jan 2024

WOL24 now in it’s second year in London sits alongside World of Learning’s original event held annually in Birmingham every October. You may have seen us there in 2023.

Being a smaller event is was possible to get round and learn a little more easily during the day:

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How often should you update your health and safety training?

The frequency with which you update health and safety training depends on various factors, including regulatory requirements, changes in the workplace environment, the introduction of new equipment or processes, and emerging best practices. Here are some general guidelines to help determine how often health and safety training should be updated:

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How do I save money with training outsourcing?

Outsourcing training can result in both direct and indirect cost savings for organisations. Here’s a breakdown of the potential cost savings in both categories:

Direct cost savings:

Economies of scale gains:

Managed learning services often serve multiple clients, allowing them to spread costs across a broader base. This results in economies of scale, making the provision of training services more cost-effective than managing similar initiatives independently.

Personnel costs:

Outsourcing training eliminates the need to hire and train in-house personnel for training administration, content development and training delivery.

Technology investments:

Managed learning service providers invest in technology to manage training administration. Organisations can avoid any upfront costs associated with purchasing and maintaining such systems.

Content development costs:

Developing high-quality training content requires specialised skills and resources. Outsourcing to training experts can be more cost-effective than building and maintaining an internal content development team.

Physical spaces, travel and accommodation expenses:

    • Organisations can avoid the costs associated with building and maintaining training facilities, including physical spaces, equipment, and technology infrastructure.
    • Traditional training methods may involve travel costs for instructors and participants. Virtual or online training solutions provided by outsourced services can significantly reduce or eliminate these travel-related expenses.

Scalability without proportional costs:

As the organisation grows or experiences fluctuations in training demands, outsourcing training allows for scalability without incurring proportional increases in internal staffing and infrastructure costs.

Predictable costs:

Many training outsourcing arrangements operate on a subscription or contract basis, providing organisations with predictable costs. This helps in budgeting and financial planning.

Efficiency gains:

Outsourcing training to specialists can lead to efficiency gains, reducing the time and resources required for the development and delivery of training programmes.

Indirect cost savings:

Focus on core competencies:

Outsourcing training allows organisations to focus on their core business functions, resulting in increased productivity and efficiency in areas where they have a competitive advantage.

Reduced learning curve:

Leveraging the expertise of external training professionals reduces the learning curve associated with developing and implementing new training technologies or methodologies, leading to quicker adoption.

Improved employee productivity:

Employees can spend more time on their primary job functions when training responsibilities are outsourced, leading to increased overall productivity.

Enhanced learning outcomes:

Outsourcing to training experts can result in more effective training programmes, leading to improved employee performance and reduced costs associated with errors or inefficiencies.

Employee retention and satisfaction:

High-quality training programmes contribute to employee satisfaction and retention, reducing recruitment and onboarding costs associated with turnover.

Flexibility and adaptability:

Outsourcing provides flexibility to adapt quickly to changes in technology, learning preferences, and industry demands, potentially avoiding costs associated with slower adaptation.

Risk mitigation:

Training outsourcing partners often have experience in risk management, reducing the likelihood of issues such as non-compliance, legal repercussions, or ineffective training strategies.

Global standardisation:

For organisations with a global presence, outsourcing training can lead to standardised training content and delivery methods, streamlining communication and reducing the risk of discrepancies across regions.

Continuous improvement:

Outsourced training providers often have processes in place for continuous improvement. This ensures that training programmes evolve with industry best practices without requiring internal resources for ongoing refinement.

Improved time-to-market:

Outsourcing allows for quicker development and deployment of training programmes, reducing the time it takes for employees to acquire necessary skills and contribute to organisational goals.

While the specific cost savings will vary depending on the organisation’s needs, industry, and specific outsourcing arrangement, the potential benefits listed above demonstrate the huge impact that training outsourcing can have on both direct and indirect costs.

Take a look at our client case studies. Working together we’ve helped to improve time to market, assist with risk mitigation, provide economies of scale, efficiency gains and more for our clients.

How to choose the right training outsourcing partner

In today’s dynamic business landscape, organisations are increasingly turning to training outsourcing as a strategic move to access specialised expertise, reduce costs, and enhance scalability.

However, selecting the right training outsourcing partner is critical for the success of your training initiatives. In this guide, we will explore key considerations and steps to ensure you choose a partner that aligns with your organisation’s goals and values.

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Create the perfect compliance training programme

Creating an effective compliance training programme involves careful planning, understanding the specific needs of your organisation, and ensuring that employees can comprehend and apply the information. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you develop an impactful compliance training programme:

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Creating an ethical workplace culture

Creating an ethical workplace culture may mean there are some learning and development opportunities for your employees.

Training courses for businesses on ethics cover a range of subjects to ensure that employees understand and adhere to ethical principles in the workplace. Here are some common subjects covered in such courses:

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Cost savings to your business with training outsourcing

Training outsourcing can offer several cost-saving benefits for businesses. Here are some potential areas where cost savings can be achieved:

1. Infrastructure costs:
Physical space: Outsourcing training eliminates the need for dedicated training facilities or classrooms, saving on rent, utilities, and maintenance costs.
Equipment: Training providers often have their own equipment, reducing the need for the organisation to invest in additional training resources.

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