Unfortunately, we can't always afford for everyone to attend specialized training courses. How do we leverage the money spent for the greater organization's good? Jeff Shiver CMRP shares a strategy to leverage the invested dollars and drive organizational improvement.


Hello. I'm Jeff Shiver, Managing Principal of People and Processes. I'd like to share some thoughts with you today regarding training and development of your people.

With an economic downturn or the limiting of travel and training budgets, the challenge is when you get to send someone to training, how do you maximize that opportunity?

What I really encourage you to consider is to use the Training the Trainer approach. If you can't send everybody over to a particular class, maybe it's planning and scheduling or something else, how do you get that person you do send to go over and set the expectation where when they come back?

Get them to put together a presentation. Without actually doing the training that they may have gone through, spending another two weeks or a week or whatever the case may be on it, they can just summarize so that people can get on board and understand where they are going. I really encourage you to help foster their knowledge and develop them a little bit more. Require certifications on the return.

For example, if you send them off to Machinery Lubrications School require that they come back and get international counsel of machinery lubrication certified. They can't necessarily do that right after the class but maybe after a month or two months. That validates the knowledge that they gained. Consider doing things like that.

Again, make it available to all of your people by using the Training the Trainer approach, which will minimize your investment in travel and training costs outside the site. Hope you enjoyed the tip. I'm Jeff Shiver, People and Processes. Have a great day.