The A-Z of training for small businesses

The world of training continues to turn. Businesses are looking to maximise performance and differentiate themselves through the professional development of employees. This is being delivered via a range of methods that work within their unique environments.

To help you get to grips with this and the benefits it can bring to your business follow our handy A to Z guide:

Sage TrainingAccessibility is key! Training needs to work for employees regardless of where they are and what they do

Businesses are increasingly looking for onsite options and bespoke packages tailored to the specific needs of their employees and business

Classroom training remains popular as face to face development is proven to be effective in learning new skills and can strengthen workplace relationships

Development programmes continue to play a key part in the working life of employees as businesses recognise the importance of keeping their workforce skilled up

E-Learning is becoming more popular, it’s low cost and accessible from anywhere

Flexibility is essential, solutions need to be able to be provided in such a way to ensure people can access them via a wide variety of methods

Growth of the training industry continues year on year as businesses recognise the need for continuous employee development

How the impact and success of training is evaluated is essential to making the best use of limited resources within businesses

Importance of learning to the success of businesses is clear, even in recent difficult times businesses have continued to invest in their people

Job satisfaction in order to retain employees is key and the right training can help empower and motivate employees, increasing job satisfaction and loyalty

Knowledge transfer, employees need to be able to apply learnings to their day-to-day environment to get the very best out of it

Leadership is the key to all great businesses, training future leaders is still seen as essential to business growth

Mobile training via mobile devices (smart phones or tablets), is on the increase and looks set to grow

Need to provide a stimulating environment where employees receive ongoing training and development is now part of attracting and retaining great people

Onsite training delivers what your business wants, when and where it wants it

Public sector is particularly embracing the use of e-learning

Quality. It’s important to do you research to ensure you choose the right options for your business and your employees

Regulations and legislation have a significant impact on needs. Each new piece of legislation often brings a new compliance framework which employees need training on such as payroll year end

Social media platforms are becoming increasingly popular as delivery mechanisms for training

Time – there are now a range of courses offered that can be taken over a period of time in order to reduce the need for employees to be away from the workplace for extended periods of time

UKI training industry continues to grow year on year as businesses recognise the importance of future proofing themselves through a skilled and knowledgeable workforce

Value for money in relation to both training and provider relationships are becoming even more important

What else can you achieve by ensuring your people are all trained and working to their full potential?

Xperience (ok so we admit this isn’t how you spell it, but x words are hard to come by!) is highly valued when it comes to teaching. When looking for providers choose experts in that field as good teaching and interpersonal skills are essential for inspiring employees to learn

Year on year the percentage of workforces being trained has risen slightly since 2011 showing the continued importance attached to education by employers

Zzzzzz, remember training needs to be relevant and engaging for employees to ensure they, and your business, get the most from it

Sage Training helps you make the most of your software so you can make the most of your business. We deliver a wide range of courses and a variety of flexible options, including classroom, self-study, e-Learning and custom training to suit all types of learners. Our team of trained Sage software experts can help your business benefit from the best guidance available whilst maximising business performance.