The award-winning Workforce magazine published an article titled Consider Outsourced Training that highlights the benefits of having employees trained with specialized programs and instructors.

Outsourcing training is a popular option for employers looking to reduce operating costs while increasing workplace expertise.

-Nidhi Srivastava, Workforce

Outsourced training is beneficial when your training partner stays current on industry trends, has expertise in their respective training fields, and maintains the resources to train your entire workforce quickly and efficiently. There are times when an in-house training team is either overwhelmed or too small to train a large group of employees, and outsourced training also brings new skills and knowledge to the company that can be dispersed to all levels.

The Workforce article, Consider Outsourced Training, touches on five points to analyze to find your perfect fit.

1. Your organization and industry. Almost every industry requires special skills and training. If your employees need to stay on top of the latest trends or compliance issues, outsourced training can ensure a direct flow of vital information.

Employers operating globally or in numerous locations may also find outsourcing viable because training can be online or through comprehensive seminars in a cost-effective, timely fashion. – Srivastava

2. A suitable training partner. Make sure the business you partner with for training has the same kind of company culture and values as yours. Avoid sending your employees mixed signals by asking them to follow one set of rules then sending them to a training partner that teaches otherwise. A good training partner is also an expert in all the fields you need your employees to be trained in, and should have the relevant resources.

3. The training method. Do you want the training to be done online? In person at your office? In person at your partner’s training center? On the job? Consider the nature of training that is needed to best teach your employees in the long term, and consider the logistics that will work best with your resources. If you only have fifteen employees, it may be wiser to have the training done on the job, instead of sending them all to a training center and leaving your business unmanned.

4. Legalities. Create an air tight contract and think about whether your training partner will have access to sensitive information and who will have ownership of any training materials created for the sessions.

In addition, the parties should be clear on who is responsible for the accuracy and content of the training. If the trainer is guaranteeing “up-to-date” information or compliance with governing laws, the company should document that warranty, and request indemnification by the trainer for claims relating to negligent training. – Srivastava

5. The benefits. In addition to flexibility and reliability, outsourcing training allows your company to draw on the insight of experts in their fields. It could open new opportunities as your employees network, and offers many more benefits unique to each company.

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