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