Considering holding a course in-house?

When it comes to new-hires, public courses are a good way to close their skills-gap and let your senior engineers keep on working. But, to continuously improve your team skills you may consider an in-house training. Here are some advantages of arranging an in-house training over attending a public course:

Cost savings
Cost per delegate is typically lower than public scheduled courses due to the fact the training company only has to send a trainer to you rather than set up an environment themselves.

For the same price as sending a small group on a public course, you can have your entire team trained. If you have more than 4 people, you probably should run it in-house as this is usually the break-even point.

Focused training
Having all participants from the same company means you don’t waste time about irrelevant topics and allow the training to be a lot more focused on your team needs.

Public courses and e-learning will often be generic for all participants.

Location
By having the course in your own company any participant can be easily reached in case something arises that needs to be addressed quickly

Team collaboration
Having a room full of co-workers encourage team work and social learning; this will also lead to increased awareness and understanding of each other’s roles as well as staff morale.

Timing
You can schedule the course dates to suit your employees timetable and to the company deadlines.

Tailored training
you can pick and choose the topics you want to cover during the course. You can even use current work examples.  Training In-House means the courses can be prepared to fix your individual issues using real life examples, not generic examples, and therefore increases efficiency.

In-house does not have to be In-house
If you don’t have a dedicated training facility, you need to consider an additional cost of hiring an off-site venue instead of using one of your meeting rooms.

The golden rule

Make sure you talk to the instructor about the in-house training well in advance.
This will ensure that the instructor is well aware of your company’s needs and the current state so he can tailor the course to best suit you. It also ensures you have all the right equipment and classroom settings.