In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into why companies make the decision to outsource training programs, ways to overcome any disadvantages inherent in tailored training, and some tips on how to pick the best training provider for your corporation’s particular needs.
To start, here are a few reasons why one might make the decision to outsource their company training programs to a third party or external supplier:
Offshore outsourcing services can be better and cheaper for your company’s training program needs than using full-time employees or executives in-house. Through eLearning, experts from different parts of the world can provide you with information learned from their own experiences with different cultures and markets, giving you valuable insight and improving the effectiveness of your training programs.
Lastly, here are some other little-known benefits of outsourcing that we may not have covered:
Opportunities for New Business
Outsourcing (or offshoring) your training program is a modern corporate strategy where a business will hire third parties who specialize in training to either physically come into the office and deliver education, or do so via eLearning platforms that can help reduce overhead expenses.
There are many reasons why outsourcing your training program can be a boon for your business, and we’ve mentioned many of them above, but to be clear – outsourcing your training can lead to a significant improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of your employees and staff members.
Business Advantages To Outsourcing Training
Additionally, by using a third-party provider, many companies receive significantly better value for their money. External suppliers get to spend more time focusing on developing the most effective courses for your needs rather than internalizing minutiae on what it takes for the day-to-day operations of a business.
However, it would be wise to consider a few distinct disadvantages you must consider if you decide to outsource training and development. These include reduced job security for current in-house trainers, a possible reduction in quality (depending on whether you find the right eLearning provider), and the fact that you’re reliant on a third party for training. However, the benefits often vastly outweigh the negatives, and these issues are unlikely as long as you adhere to a few simple principles.
Look For A Range of Expertise
Make Cost A Focus - But Don’t Pick Cheap
Ultimately, training outsourcing can lead to both stronger, more resilient (and culturally-compatible) training while saving a significant amount of cost for a small to mid-sized business.
1. Is training needed?
2. What are your current resourcing considerations?
3. Which are the best agencies out there?
Hunt around on sites such as eLearningindustry.com and find three or four agencies that seem to tick all the boxes in terms of experience, approach & culture, venture onto an initial call to see if there is a fit and take it from there.
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