Getting bang for your training buck

Maximising your budget while getting great educational value.

08-10-2020
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It probably doesn’t come as any kind of a surprise, but many businesses are giving extra-special scrutiny to budgets across the board at the moment - not least training budgets.

Some companies are advising their staff to seek out their own training through online tutorials, Youtube, stackoverflow.com, forums and the like – which is perhaps understandable as a cost-cutting exercise, but it’s difficult and time-consuming (therefore expensive to your business) to curate good reference sources which aren’t out-of-date ...or even worse, flat-out misleading or incorrect. They’re not necessarily going to be particularly relevant to the way you plan to implement the new skills in your project either.

Another scenario we see is that individuals are allocated their own budget and told to go off and find training for themselves – which is a nice idea from the point of view of giving people ownership of their learning development – but it may be a big opportunity missed to consolidate up-skilling alongside other team members (or other teams).

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Remote training can bring your team together

Custom courses can deliver impact for your business on a number of levels and in some cases save you money. These are some of the criteria you need to consider before choosing which type of training to pursue:

  • Private courses for single clients (a.k.a. “closed training”) can work out significantly cheaper than sending individuals on equivalent piecemeal courses.
  • Bespoke courses can take your real-world project requirements and current skills into account – so it’s much more relevant than a set of pre-recorded videos.
  • You can focus purely on the topics that meet your learning goals – an efficient way to get up to speed.
  • Learning together is great for team-building – especially important for remote working teams.
  • You can benefit from flexible scheduling options – avoiding “Zoom fatigue” by spreading out sessions – which also gives you more time to absorb and practice what you’ve learnt.
  • Instructors can bring solid industry experience into the virtual classroom - so unlike eLearning, your team will get real-time guidance and interaction with a domain expert.
  • Gives your team focus – setting a specific window allows you to assign appropriate time to learning.


How do I plan a closed course?

At Framework Training we do all of the above and can help you identify and understand your requirements. We’ll help you ask the right questions to find out if you can maximise your budget by combining training requests.

For instance, one staff member might be asking for Microservices training, while another team is looking for Docker training – you’d be forgiven for not realising they might be served by the same course. The same goes for lots of technologies and methodologies.

And when it comes to organising calendars, video conferencing invites, sending out setup information and all that – we've got you covered.

The easiest step forward is to give us a call or get in touch using our contact form. We love coming up with learning solutions that tick all the boxes. You could even send us a list of your organisation’s training needs - we’ll be glad to point out ways we can reduce costs without compromising on quality.

All our courses can be viewed here.

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