A training session needs to be customised according to the needs of the trainees.
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Training is the art of providing knowledge in such a way that the learner is able to understand it clearly and use it effectively. It is not just the sharing of information, but ensuring that the knowledge shared is relevant and useful for the trainees in real-life situations. Customising a training program is one of the methods through which trainers can help trainees to gain skills through the sharing of knowledge.
How should a trainer customise training to enhance results? Below are some of the methods that can be used to help trainees retain what is being taught and gain practical skills.
Goal of the Trainees/Organisation
A trainer must always keep in mind the goal the trainees have for getting trained. When creating the blueprint of the training, it is important to retain focus on the results the trainees or what the organisation expects from the training. That is the final goal of the training. Under this final goal, there can be many other goals.
A successful training session ensures that every expectation of the trainees are met. To create a plan to meet trainee expectations, you need to first identify those expectations.
Learning and Self-Learning
Depending on the age-group of your trainees, you need to establish how much learning and how much self-learning is required. Along with teaching, a trainer must also encourage trainees to self-learn. It will help them in taking the learning further on their own. You may provide them with resources and tips for self-learning that align with their training goal. Trainers may also inform the trainees about the importance of self-learning so that they can help themselves after the training session is over.
It is vital to know if the trainees have had training before. Also, a trainer needs to know what the trainees already know about the topic(s) on which training is being provided. If the trainees have been trained before, a trainer may want to know if the training intersects with the topics being trained. It will help the trainer to customise the course according to the level of knowledge of the trainees so that they can benefit more from it.
Training Adult Learners
Adult learners pay more attention to the practical usefulness of the learning. They often associate learning with accomplishments. Therefore, training for learners must be focused on providing practical skills and knowledge. It may pay the trainers to inform the trainees about the benefits a topic or the training session will provide them. It is even better if the results can be measured.
Handling the Demographics of the Trainees
It is not necessary that every group of trainees will have the same expectations, level of knowledge, educational background or intelligence. When customising your training, identify the differences in a group. A trainer may ask for information about the trainees, including:
Previous training if on related topics
Results expected after the training
It helps a trainer to know if the training is compulsory, voluntary, and/or provided only to the best few or the weakest few. Learning about an individual’s or an organisation’s purpose for getting trained is important for providing focused help to the trainees.
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