Developing Your Training Program

Duration: Offered as a 90 minute webinar or 2 days in class

Course Overview

Training is an essential element of development in any organization. Being knowledgeable and continuing to learn throughout your career can make you a very valuable asset. We also know that training and orientation (or ‘onboarding’) for newly hired employees is a key factor in retention.

In order for training to be valuable, the person that designs and plans the training must have an excellent understanding of what the training objectives are. In addition, if the trainer is able to research the strategic objectives of the company providing the training to their staff, what resources are available, and what elements of those plans can enhance the training experience, the entire experience is much more meaningful. At the same time, if a trainer is aware of any barriers that training could present (such as trainees being on call during a session, having to spread training over a long period of time, or trainees who are not accustomed to theory or classroom types of presentations), then the trainer can present a much stronger program that is tailored specifically to the participants’ needs.

This course is designed for a trainer who wants to develop training programs that are meaningful, practical, and will benefit both trainees and the organizations they work for.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the essential elements of a training program
  • Apply different methodologies to program design
  • Demonstrate skills in preparation, research, and delivery of strong content
  • Explain an instructional model
  • Be prepared to create a training program proposal

Course Outline

1. Course Overview

2. Program Design

  • Training Program Considerations
  • When is Training Necessary?
  • Alternatives to Training
  • Essential Elements
  • Communicating Training

3. Identifying Needs

  • The ICE Method
  • Building Your Training Needs Analysis

4. The Training Model

  • Basic Principles
  • Building an Engaging Program
  • Instructional Systems Design Model

5. The Program’s Basic Outline

  • Learning Objectives
  • Objectives Exercise

6. Evaluation Strategies

  • Methods of Evaluation
  • Evaluating the Evaluation
  • Evaluations Exercise

7. Defining Your Approach

  • Methodology
  • Five Tips for Top Notch Results
  • Approaches to Learning: A Lesson in Itself

8. Researching and Developing Content

  • Researching Content
  • Content Considerations

9. Pre-Assignments in Training

10. Choosing Openings and Energizers

11. Training Instruments, Assessments, and Tools

12. Creating Supporting Materials

13. Testing the Program

14. Creating Proposals

  • Organizing Your Proposal
  • Proposal for a Training Program

15. Building Rapport

16. Pulling it all Together

17. Personal Action Plan