You're in a new role. People expect you to perform from Day 1. But you feel out of your depth. The information you can access seems disjointed and unconnected somehow - you're not 'getting it'. And no-one seems to have the time to help you over the hurdles you're facing.
Or you want to prepare for a new role. You feel you need certification to compete for the role. Or you know there are gaps in your knowledge that you would like to fill.
Training can take many forms. It can be self-guided: reading a good book; research on the internet; a structured workbook that you follow in your own time. Or it can be facilitated to a greater or lesser degree: a classroom-style course; or online learning. Each has its place, the approaches vary in cost, flexibility, depth of learning, reliability of the information learned.
A classroom-based course is one of the most direct means for an inexperienced person to 'stand on the shoulders of giants' - those who have learned harsh lessons in the past and have contributed to the materials used in the course.
Provided the trainer is an expert practitioner of the content of the course, the participants in a classroom setting also benefit from the trainer's 'war stories', and one-on-one discussions during breaks.
Classroom training is the type of training we most often think of, but it is not the only kind. There is also on-the-job training and of course all sorts of e-learning methods of training. Training is very formal, should have well-defined learning objectives, and is often relatively brief as compared to coaching or mentoring.
Training can also include many of the types of interaction that are found in a coaching environment, but there is a very strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert. The trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered in the training. It is expected that the participants in the training learn from the trainer – there is knowledge transfer. How this happens can be very flexible, of course, and good training is never just a speaker standing at the front of the room and lecturing for the whole time. Discussion, simulations, case studies, and other forms of interaction are critical for an effective training experience.
Aspire Australasia offers a wide range of hard and soft skills training through our Inspiring Projects division. Our offerings cover: business cases; governance; portfolio, programme and project management; agile project management; support offices; benefits; risk and value management. Inspiring Projects' offerings include Executive Briefings, short courses, accredited training and workshops in critical skills, most of which can be customised.