7 great reasons to bring your training in-house

By Rob Legge – third sector coach, trainer and consultant // www.robleggeconsulting.co.uk

In his latest blog Third Sector trainer and coach Rob Legge suggests that organisations should consider the option of in-house training for developing their staff.

In the past open courses at training centres were the most popular. However, recently I’ve noticed a developing trend towards charities and social enterprises commissioning their own in-house training courses. Here’s seven great reasons why organisations I’ve worked with have found this so beneficial:

  1. Reduces costs and travel time
    Age UK Birmingham calculated that they saved £960.00 in training costs by bringing the Just About Managing programme in-house for their management team. Added to this were the savings in travel time and expenses which, when added to cost per head savings, raises the total savings value into the £1,000s.
  2. Create bespoke course content tailored to your needs
    Sport4life and Kidney Research UK valued the ability to adapt a course to emphasise specific training requirements for their organisation’s specific needs. This happened for the first part of the Just About Managing course and the Be the best you can be at work training day.The Lisieux Trust based in Erdington wanted a training programme that was flexible for different managers. I was able to adapt existing courses and develop new ones, to fit their requirements depending on the needs and experience of individuals. This provided each person access to bespoke training, rather than one pre-set course.
  3. Hold training at a time that suits your organisation
    Father Hudson Care, based in Coleshill, needed a leadership course that could be timed to fit into their managers’ busy schedules. By delivering an in-house programme their CEO and I could easily plan training days and individual coaching sessions that fitted in with the needs and demands of each department.
  4. Can use time more effectively
    Essential Trading (a worker’s cooperative) in Bristol wanted help with project management, but had no additional time to dedicate to a course. As a solution I developed a basic workshop that was tagged onto their management committee meetings, where key staff were already present. Using Skype and phone calls I was able to coach them remotely when required.
  5. Supporting staff through change or redundancy
    Gateway Family Services used my Career Coaching package in-house to support staff under the threat of redundancy by helping them explore personal change, develop their individual CVs and practice interview techniques.
  6. Develop a brand new course tailored to your business needs
    The specific retail focused requirements that Life Charity had led me to develop a brand new course, in conjunction with their Head of Retail, for Charity Shop Managers. Since then I have developed two workshops with Myton Hospice retail division around volunteer leadership and commercial acumen that will be rolled out in the new year.
  7. The option of ongoing support
    As part of the process of delivering in-house training courses I get to know an organisation and its staff well. It’s one of the parts of my job I particularly enjoy. As a result, clients often request I provide ongoing tailored support. For example, the completion of a Be The Best You Can Be At Work course at Fircroft College, Birmingham triggered a discussion with their HR Director. This resulted in the development of bespoke rolling 90 minute workshops for the management team, covering specific topics such as successfully implementing a new performance management system.

Each of these projects started with a free no-obligation discussion. I welcome all enquiries from third sector leaders looking at ways to deliver high value training and coaching in their organisations. If your organisation needs some help drop BVSC an email to training@bvsc.org.

As part of my leadership training programme I offer both in-house and open courses. Open courses being those that are held at a the BVSC conference centre, Digbeth and available for any organisation or individual to book onto.

To find out about forthcoming training courses go to the BVSC website www.bvsc.org/bvsc-training-courses