When working in a learning and development role, you are often asked to source training courses that are ideal for improving job performance. An area that can be a struggle is Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. They are challenging largely because the training courses are far too generic and cover topics that are irrelevant to your industry.

I have been frequently attacked by line managers for wasting the L&D budget on an ineffective IT course. Given that for these subjects, it’s easy to find trainers and book them, it became clear to me that perhaps one of the most important issues was that the course syllabus never seems to relate to learners’ jobs. This is a major shortcoming in the training industry and leads to many wasted training days.

Bespoke IT Training Courses

Some more creative training organizations have used highly skilled IT trainers with professional experience in using the particular program in the workplace. This experience enables them to create fresh training content that employees can easily learn and apply on the job. Because the course material relates to the roles of the course participants, it seems to create greatly improved outcomes. This method of training is far more engaging for the learners, and it ensures that there is real gain to be made when attending the courses.

In essence, selecting these more tailored training programs ensures that you are maximizing value on the investment you’re making in training. Training’s value to business can be great, so it’s important to ensure that human resources is delivering on business objectives and aligning well with the needs of the business.

The additional research taken to find these courses is worth it. Review the need for scheduled classes on these types of subjects, and consider sourcing bespoke training courses with industry experts. The courses are normally more expensive, but they do not have to be exorbitant. You must always measure the level of spend relative to return, and in this case, bespoke training courses are an obvious choice.

This adaptable approach to training is far more beneficial to learners, and I hope it will become the more common method for training across the industry.