Employee Training Offers Huge Benefits

Employee Training Offers Huge Benefits

I haven’t been an employee for nearly thirteen years now. As a freelancer I don’t employ staff either. I know a lot of people who do and my own workplace experience confirms my belief that employee training offers huge benefits to staff and the business as a whole.

Employee Training Benefits: The Employee’s Perspective

In the time before freelancing my career path looked very different. I help a senior support management role in the health and social care sector. I’ve always been keen to learn and expand my knowledge base but this was not necessarily something employers felt was important. One manager did and encouraged and pushed and facilitated a number of employee training opportunities, including a counselling qualification. I will always be grateful to that particular manager for realising employee training offers huge benefits because it certainly does. I was promoted, I took on more qualification course and even after leaving the sector to go freelance after starting a family, those benefits continued, as did my thirst for continued self-development.

Qualifications can have all kinds of meaning in the working world. 

Employee Training Benefits: The Employer’s Opportunity

It is important that when considering an employee’s skill set that you look not just at what they can offer you but what you can offer them too. After all, the better trained the people on your payroll are, the better they’re going to be at working in your business. Here’s just a couple of the best qualifications an employer can offer as part of a benefits package; why not think about implementing them within your own company?

A Management Program

If you’ve got a junior staff position that’s constantly impressing you with what they do, it’s time to think about taking their qualifications to the next level. You should think about offering them some kind of management training, whether just as an in-house program or as a qualification that can be recognised on a national level.

After all, the more managers you have on site, the better your company is going to run (as long as the business isn’t too “top heavy”. You’re always going to have some kind of senior position available for work that day, even when one of your other managers pulls out, and it helps to share the responsibility of spearheading a small and privately owned business.

A Health and Safety Certification

Whether it’s a first aid course, or just a general health and safety conference or two that you’ve been asked to send your employees along to, knowing how to properly behave in the workplace is one of the best ways an employee will impress an employer. After all, a health and safety certification shows that this person is capable of taking initiative, and taking charge when the opportunity calls for it. It’s a skill in and of itself, and it’s one you should share and share alike.

Some of the top H&S qualifications out there can be found online. For example, you’ve got the website at https://www.questcover.com/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-training/, who base their entire company ethics around helping business owners to help their staff. So make sure you’re looking into offering this kind of training for anyone you take under your wing – it’ll be a great boost to their CV, and it’ll be a wonderful boon for how highly your company rates on the national standards scales.

What About You?

Do you train your staff? Do you give them the opportunity to make waves with their CV, and move up to bigger and better positions in your company? If you do the likelihood is that you will boost motivations, productivity, decrease staff turnover and altogether foster an innovative and progressive work atmosphere. During regular appraisals look at not just what “standard” qualifications you can offer an employee but what more holistic courses you can offer.

If like me you are self-employed, don’t use this as a reason to stop ongoing self-development. It could be that ongoing training will be the making of your freelance business.

When Your Child Wants To Work In Theatre

When Your Child Wants To Work In Theatre

One of my sons has a flair for the dramatic and I’m sure he’d love to work in theatre. The thought of a nine to five job would send my child to sleep. What about your children? Does he or she dread the idea of sitting at a desk and staring at the computer all day long? There are a lot of people who feel this way. Instead, they want a job offering excitement and a great thrill. The world of theatre definitely provides this. Nonetheless, you will need the correct training if you are to make it in this competitive industry, and therefore selecting one of the best theatre schools is of paramount importance.

Starting early is important. My youngest attended a local drama group class for a year and loved it. It was clear to see that some of those who had been going for a few years already were obviously well suited for work in theatre, or at least that they had the skill and confidence.

Courses Available – First and foremost, you need to take a look at the courses that are available. After all, there is no point going to a theatre school if it does not have the course your child wishes to embark on. Don’t make the mistake many do by simply reading the name of the course. Take a look at the curriculum and what your child will be learning on a yearly basis. All areas should be covered – i.e. acting, singing, and dancing.

Eligibility Criteria – You need to discover what you will need in order to be accepted on the course in question. After all, you will need to see what qualifications your child needs. This impacts the school you send your child too. The best schools, like LeicesterHigh.com, will ensure your child plots out the perfect career path. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that a lot of theatre schools accept candidates based on auditions.

Cost – The cost of your course is obviously important, as you will need to make sure it is something you can afford. This point is different for each person. After all, there are those that will be entitled to grants and loans, whereas others may need to fund their theatre course themselves. Furthermore, you should also try and factor in other costs, such as travel.

Level of Experience – It is vital to go for a school that has been set up for a considerable amount of time. In most instances, going for a school that has just been set up is not recommended. After all, how do you know that they are going to provide your child with a worthwhile education when you have nothing to go off?

Tutors Teaching on the Course – Make sure you take a look at the tutors who will be teaching on the course. Do a quick search online to discover their credentials. After all, you want to be sure your child is going to be learning from someone with a lot of experience and a successful history in the industry, especially if the end goal is to work in theatre.

Reputation – Finally, you should read reviews that have been left by those who have already attended the theatre school you are considering. It will be even more beneficial if you can find reviews that have been left by those who have already taken your course. This is the best way to get an honest assessment of the school in question. Nonetheless, consider the reviews as a whole, don’t be blinded by one.

While my son would probably love to work in theatre, he decided to go down another route and therefore we didn’t formalise his training or take it further. If we had though, Roy and I would certainly have had to do our due diligence and ensure that whatever courses, or whatever schools we looked at offered well-rounded study and that they would be places that he would be happy. It’s amazing how opportunities are open for our children these days, enabling them to build skills and even grow careers at a much earlier age than we ever could.