What is the foundation of effective training?


After recently attending a staff retreat featuring discussions about the importance of staff development and training. I began to ponder, what is the foundation to effective training? It became evident that the first step to developing successful training is in the design of the program. I have drawn from Yukl’s research (2006) ​to highlight some important conditions that set the foundation for effective training.

Conditions for successful training:

1. Clear learning objectives: It is important to describe what trainees are expected to acquire from the training, and explain why it is helpful.

2. Clear,​ meaningful content: The use of simple models and theories are important for interpretation.

3. Appropriate mix of training methods: It is crucial to take into account the trainee’s educational background, experience, and best methods of learning, etc.

4. Opportunity for active practice: It is important to use realistic activities. Also, retention and transfer is greater when practicing during ​rather than after​ training programs.

 5. Relevant and timely feedback: The use of diagnostic questions, analytic procedures, and diverse sources to help trainees interpret feedback and monitor their self-development.

6. High trainee self-confidence: Self-efficacy is critical to instill in the trainees. Trainers can do this by being supportive and providing opportunities for early mastery​ of the simple skills first.

7. Appropriate follow-up activities: As a trainer you can increase learning via reviews, additional coaching, specific projects, and refresher courses.


Image retrieved from: http://cometsolutions.com/services/training/. 06-09-2014

Yukl, G. (2006). Leadership in organizations, 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


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