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The importance of Skills Development and Training in the workplace

The world is changing at a rapid pace, competition in business is growing day by day and technology is advancing robustly. Remaining relevant has become a battle for businesses and organizations. This means businesses and organizations and their workforce need to be prepared in order to sail along successfully. The only way that this can be achieved is through consistent training and development in the workplace. Afterall skills can only be obtained and improved through learning. Training and development are not only important to organizations, but it is vital and cannot be overemphasized as it ensures a more skilled, empowered and motivated workforce. It is more in demand now than ever before. It presents a key opportunity in expanding the knowledge base and skills set of employees. This allows for employees to have a thorough understanding of their roles and to be fully prepared so as be more effective in performing their day-to-day duties. It is also imperative for employers to take into consideration that training, and development need not only take place once they start observing a decrease in production, but it should be consistent. As a very popular saying goes prevention is better than cure.  One of the many reasons why South Africa’s unemployed rates are on the rise is arguably due to lack of skills set as well as experience. Workplace training is especially crucial when it comes to increasing the competitiveness of the South African work industry. 

There are costs involved in Skills development and training for employees, in fact it can be very expensive. Many employers are also concerned with the time it takes from the actual working hours creating gaps in the workload or causes delays in the completion of projects and these are some of the potential drawbacks of skills development and training. Despite the potential drawbacks, training and development offers benefits for both the company as a whole and the employees with benefits that really make the costs and the time a rewarding investment.  It benefits the company in the sense that the workforce will be more skilled and able to work more productively. This means more turnaround times, less mistakes and ultimately more profits. The employees on the other hand reap the benefits of feeling more confident in their roles enabling them to take pride in their work. Skills development and training also leads to workplace well-being which is an imperative factor in the modern-day workplace setting. It is therefore important that employers facilitate this, especially during these times where COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the mental well-being of employees in the workplace. Employers also need to give way to these modern and effective strategies to master the importance of skills development and training in the workplace:

∙ Target soft skills

∙ Personalise employee development

∙ Digital learning

Ultimately, employees will have a higher level of job satisfaction, as they will feel valued that their employer took the initiative to provide skills development and training. 

 Skills development and training is therefore important in the workplace as it provides the following benefits:  

Addresses employee weaknesses. It is inevitable that some employees will have certain weaknesses in their work skills. A training program allows for those weaknesses to be addressed and strengthened accordingly. A skills development program will also bring all employees to a higher level so that they have the necessary skills set in order to perform tasks. This will eliminate weaker employees relying on other employees to fulfil their specific roles and will create a platform where employees can be fully functional both independently and in teams.

Consistency. Robust skills and development training will ensure that employees are consistent with background knowledge and experience. This consistency is in correlation with the company policies and procedures. When employees are aware of these procedures and policies, companies stand to gain financially as this will allow for increased efficiencies in the work line.

An increase in innovation and creativity for new products and services. Skills development and training undeniably encourages a more creative and innovative workforce. New ideas are often born as a result of skills development and training and this means more business and increased profits.

Decrease in staff turnover. Employees are more likely to feel valued when their employees invest in them and as a result it becomes less likely for them to feel the need to change employers. Skills development and training is a company benefit and therefore recruitment costs decrease due to staff retention.

Enhances company reputation and profile. A strong and successful training strategy helps in developing your brand as an employer and moves your company to the forefront as a consideration for graduates and mid-career changes. Training also makes a company more attractive to potential new recruits who seek to improve their skills and the opportunities associated with those new skills. 

 For more information on workplace training and development feel free to get in contact with Cham-training. We will assist you with getting the best training for your employees where you will in turn reap amazing benefits.  27 10 040 8335

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