No matter your industry, your employees must constantly develop new skills to benefit both their current roles and the long-term goals. Likewise, they must hone their core competencies to better fulfill their current duties and responsibilities. While there are many options for training, contract training is your best bet when it comes to training experienced employees. Contract training is ideal for more experienced staff because of its ability present cutting-edge, practical, and professional solutions.

What is contract training and how does it apply to the workforce of today? Contract training is a specific type of employee skill development and education model. In the contract training system, an employer typically utilizes a “continuing education” format which incorporates credits. These credits might be academic credits that would be applied toward a degree, other credits might go toward maintaining a license or certification, and still others are unofficial markers that simply chart the progress and improvement of an employee’s skill set. (Note: The type of credit varies from program to program. Consult with your training provider to ascertain whether the credits are academic or official, and how to apply them to the necessary organizations/institutions.)

If you are interested in implementing a contract training course for your team, you should ask yourself if your team is ready for it. Is contract training right for your team? Once you’ve determined that contract training is the way to go, you need to ask a few more questions.

What kind of employee gains the most from contract training?

Contract training typically involves learners utilizing an individualized approach to develop their skill sets. At times they will learn alongside other members of their team, but typically contact training is done independently. This type of learning system is great for professionals who are looking to improve themselves without wasting too much time. Contract training is meant for those professionals who are well-established in their field and do not necessarily need the same amount of hand-holding as an entry-level employee.

What does my team need to learn?

If you have determined that contract training is right for your employees, you need to determine your curriculum. What are the most important elements of your industry? What are the key aspects that your employees need to understand? For example, some industries–banking, healthcare, e.g.–are heavily regulated compared to other industries. If your company in a heavily-regulated field, your team probably needs to stay current on compliance training. Other industries–software developers and other tech-oriented businesses–put a premium on innovation, so workers would need to keep up with the latest practices and technology. Still other industries–publishing and manufacturing spring to mind–are going through major changes. Workers in such fields would need to evolve their skillsets to adapt to their evolving fields. You may be trying to implement up and coming practices to your business’s operations. If that is the case, you may be trying to advance your employees’ expertise by introducing them to new and challenging methodologies.

Who will facilitate the course?

You can’t discount the human element! What really makes contract training so effective is the facilitators of the courses. These individuals are unrivaled in their abilities to deliver an engaging and enriching educational experience. Since contract training is usually reserved for more skilled employees, the facilitator must be seen as an authoritative expert if she hopes to lead the course effectively. These educators are often experts in that field, but sometimes business will even hire teachers from local schools to facilitate courses. Regardless of their experience in the industry or as an educator, all that matters is that the facilitator is able to manage the class.

Essentially, contract training is designed to meet the needs of both your employees and your organization. These workshops and training modules are specifically designed for professionals who want to expand their skillsets and continue to thrive in their careers. But what is the best way to manage all this? With XenDirect, your team would have access to a full range of course management solutions, providing benefits that run the gamut from improved channels of communication to online access for students. XenDirect harnesses the power of modern innovations in a simple and convenient manner.

Our next article will explore the difference between contract training and workforce development and how they both can go hand in hand with one another.

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Author Rick J. Stern

Entrepreneur Rick Stern built Xenegrade Corp with a focus on service to educational organizations. With an MBA from Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and over 20 years continuing education management, his experience provides valuable insight into the needs, demands, and trends of the continuing education market.

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