Types of In-House Training

If you're considering whether in-house training is right for your team, it's useful to know the 3 main ways in which in-house training courses are designed.

Types of In-House Training


How do training providers conduct in-house training?

Whether you're at the stage of considering in-house training as a learning option for your team, or you're already researching which in-house training courses are right for your company, it is useful to know how in-house training courses are designed and conducted.

Here are 3 ways in which in-house training courses are typically offered.

1. Off-the-shelf in-house training courses

These are regular / standardised courses that have a set course outline and are delivered at a time and place to suit you - any day of the week, any time of the day and at any location within the provider's means.

2. Customised in-house training

These generally involve a provider taking one of their existing in-house courses (of the off-the-shelf variety mentioned above) and tailoring the content to fit your company-specific requirements.

These are usually characterised by the fact that they deliver learning with the use of material or scenarios that are familiar to delegates, leading to generally positive outcomes through identification and understanding of new methods.

Usual types of customisation:

  • Incorporating your company standards, templates and case studies for optimum relevance

  • Customising or combining existing course content for specific results

  • Prioritising particular methods and styles of training to best suit your teams and individuals

  • Designing content that supports unique business needs or situations

3. Bespoke in-house training

These are unique training programmes created from scratch specifically for your organisation and employees.

Bespoke training is usually developed in 3 main steps:

Step 1. A detailed inspection of the the holistic demands of your project takes place.

Step 2. The training provider interacts closely with your divisions/teams to understand their individual objectives.

Step 3. A bespoke programme is created that matches those objectives, and can then be rolled out throughout your company for current and future employees alike.

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In-House Training

The benefits



Depending on the exact format you choose, the standard skills development courses offered by in-house training providers can be tweaked and further developed for your employees. This means that they allow you to develop your staff in the areas where they need it the most and, by virtue of the fact that you set the aims and objectives of the training together with the provider, allow you to have a higher return on your training investment.


An in-house programme guarantees you absolute discretion from the training provider you work with. This means that you can gain the competitive edge in your market, and develop your employees in a confidential environment allowing you to be able to air any issues on which you need guidance. Developing your organisations skills through company-specific training means that you can gain specialist knowledge for your workforce out of the watchful eye of your competitors.



In-house training allows you to work with trainers have specialist expertise the field that you require training in. The broad choice of providers available means you can also choose to work with trainers that have extensive experience of the kind you require, whether it is in the training or coaching aspect of the delivery, or in terms of more hands-on industry experience.



One of the main benefits is that company-specific training can be delivered anywhere you like - you choose the delivery mode and location which is the most convenient for you and your employees.
Many organisations favour in-house training as it allows their employees to learn new skills on-site or 'on-the-job' in their working environments, so they can immediately put the new skills into practice or learn while doing their everyday jobs.

Others will instead prefer to avoid the potentially distracting aspect of the daily working environment and opt for an off-site delivery that provides more stimuli for course delegates, favouring creativity and 'out-of-the-box' thinking.

Finally, the providers will come to you at a time that’s convenient - weekdays, weekends, days, evenings or a combination of these. The training days may also be delivered consecutively, or spread over a longer time period depending on your delegates' schedules and commitments.



Last but not least, in-house training is widely considered to be cost-effective for any company needing to train at least 4 delegates. The logic here is quite clear: rather than paying individual delegate fees for a public course, you pay one group fee and also save on travel and accommodation costs – generally speaking, the more people you have, the more you save!