In-house training is an exciting prospect for some employees who look forward to expanding their knowledge about the industry. For others it is a somewhat agonising way to wile away a few days listening to boring lectures and sometimes wasting an entire weekend. Training often means moving forward in one’s career, whether with your current employer or another. It ultimately works in the benefit of the employee, just as much as it does to the employer. If you are more knowledgeable, you are also more competent to undertake additional tasks and therefore stand a better chance of a promotion. More importantly, it helps to reduce the amount of additional skills that your employer may recruit from outside the company thereby jeopardising your position in the future. There are two types of in-house company training which can be broadly categorised as accredited and unaccredited.
Accredited In-House Company Training
Accredited training programs are run by a third party education provider who is in most cases registered with SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority). These programs are often funded partly or fully by the skills levy which is mandatory in South Africa. The training provider may also be registered with other educational bodies or even professional associations relevant to your sector of industry. Although at times the training is not in-house as such, it is made available to you by the involvement of your employer with the relevant training provider and certain training days are just for employees in your company.
Accredited courses differ in structure and duration but at upon successful completion, you are awarded a certificate from the training provider. This is useful for future job prospects as these certificates are a form of recognition in the industry that you now have additional knowledge and have learnt new skills possibly beyond your current job designation.
Unaccredited In-House Company Training
Although the term ‘unaccredited’ may conjure up thoughts of dodgy fly-by-night colleges, it simply means that the training you are undergoing is being managed by your employer entirely. There is no outside involvement, or it is very minimal, and you are often not going to receive a certificate to acknowledge completion. The training is mandatory and necessary for you to understand the workings of the company better and complete your relevant duties. This type of training program is similar to the training your received when you first started your job. The lack of a certificate makes it difficult to prove that you have undergone this training should you wish to leave. However, your job designation in this regard indicates your knowledge and skills with regards to the specific subject matter.
Benefits of Training
Accredited and unaccredited training takes many forms and is known by several names. The bottom line though is that these courses will benefit both employers and employees. Unfortunately many employees do not see beyond the benefits that they may reap.
- Growing skills within the current workforce of your company allows it to develop new skills and advance the entire organisation.
- Attaining new skills and knowledge helps with your career advancement.
- New skills can mean better chances at a promotion and a better salary.
- Greater knowledge about the industry and new skills may someday help you to open your own small business in the industry.
- Training may shift you from an unskilled worker to a semi-skilled or even skilled employee.