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10 training opportunities most
Training and personal development can make a tremendous difference to
the way people perform in their jobs. Don’t forget that this also applies to
you as the boss. However, if you thought that training had to involve spend-
ing lots of money, think again. Here are ten low cost options.
1 Share – if you’re a small business, club together with others to organise training ses-
sions. It will cost less and be more convenient than buying places on open courses.
2 Ask suppliers – they gain if you become more proficient. See if they have spare
places on in-house training programmes that your people can attend.
Teach each other – the best training happens in the workplace with your own experts
helping others catch up. Because this can happen spontaneously it’s often overlooked.
4 Work experience – supervising students who visit you to gain work experience will
develop the supervisory skills of those who do not usually manage people.
5 Become a school governor – becoming a school governor provides excellent free
management training. It makes people more objective in their own work.
6 Become a charity trustee – becoming a trustee enables people to develop their par-
ticular skill (for example, finance, HR or marketing) in a different context.
7 Become a non-exec director – if you work in the voluntary sector, why not become
a non-executive director of a ‘for profit’ enterprise? Bring social awareness and learn
8 Grants – there are many organisations able to give you training grants or provide
free training. Look at local economic development websites.
9 Read books – some people find it easy to learn from books. Set up a company
library – include training software and reward people who take items home to
develop their skills.
10 Online – the internet is packed with learning opportunities. There are online training
courses and web seminars you can attend virtually, and more.
To work out your organisation’s training needs, it’s important to compare the
skills you have with those your mission requires. Different organisations have
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To map out the skills in your team, you need to build a simple matrix
with ‘skills’ on one axis and your team members on the other (see below).
Compare this with your operational needs and you begin to see where there
are gaps. Aim not to be reliant on any one person for a particular skill.
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It is also useful to assess the level of ability in each area. This enables you to
encourage the experts to spend time developing the abilities of those who
are less skilled.
Try also to identify skills within your team that are not currently needed by
the organisation. They may become useful in the future.
There are many training opportunities for you and your team. Unless you point
out that they have training value, people will not see them as training.