Show as: Mobile

The 3 Biggest Training Challenges

Biggest Training Challenges in HR

3 Biggest Training Challenges Facing HR Managers, L&D Managers, and Training Officers

3 Biggest Training Challenges Facing HR Managers, L&D Managers, and Training Officers

A survey by Training Provider MBM of HR Managers, L&D Managers, and Training Officers, predominantly in the UK Grocery Industry, revealed that the top 3 biggest training challenges are:

Employees do very little with what they have learnt

Ebbinghaus’ ‘Forgetting Curve’ strongly suggests that unless a piece of learning is repeated it is lost within 30 days, or less.

Line Managers rarely support the learning of their teams

A CIPD Learning and Development survey conducted in 2007 concluded that 23% of Line Managers do not take learning and development seriously. We suspect that a further 50% pay some attention, leaving only a quarter of Line Managers who are fully supportive.

Training evaluations are rarely completed

In the 2015 CIPD annual report, L&D professionals were asked, ‘How are the majority of L&D initiatives evaluated?’ The results concluded that over 50% of L&D professionals either did not evaluate the initiatives, or evaluated only by asking the Learners their thoughts.

The MBM survey participants were frustrated by the 3 biggest training problems because the problems are longstanding, a bone of contention with other departments, and that they felt powerless to significantly improve them. Employees came back from training courses moaning about lunch & not even mentioning the training course, or when the employees were asked days later about the training course, most had been forgotten. The engagement from line managers was nearly zero, and even when prompted the line managers paid lip service to supporting their teams, yet the Line Managers were the ones that had wanted their teams to have the training in the first place. And training evaluations were so complex to do that it was almost a losing battle.

Have employees who don't apply what they've learnt?

Top Tip

Don’t hand out any slides before, during, or after the training course. Slides encourage the learners to be lazy and they then rely on the slides to refer to later, which they never do. Encourage the learners to capture their notes, in their handwriting, that they can refer back to later. This will increase their engagement and recall significantly.

Do your line managers not support the learning of your team?

Top Tip

Arrange a lunch time 30-minute session and provide lunch. At this lunch put-up two flipcharts; ‘Training – What does a poor Line Manager look like?’ And the other flipchart; ‘Training - What does a great Line Manager look like?’. Invite the Line Managers to tell you what to write on each flipchart. They’ll have the answers. By the end of the session you’ll have gained more of their support for their teams.

Are your training evaluations rarely completed?

Top Tip

Email the Learners 30 days after their training and ask them for one example of an impact on the business that the training has had. The fewer the questions the higher the completion. Give an example of how they might complete the question, but stress that it has to be their example.

You can find a further 12 practical, simple, and effective solutions for each of the 3 biggest training challenges facing HR Managers, L&D Managers, and Training Officers in these free training guides.

- Written by MBM for Findcourses

Looking for professional training?

Tell us what kind of professional training you're searching for and we'll look through our over 17,000 course listings and personally get in touch with several UK training providers. They'll send you more information about the course including price, upcoming dates, and answers to any questions you might have.

This field is used for controlling automatic form submits. Please leave it blank:
Tell us what you're looking for:

This is a cost-free and obligation-free service.

Last updated: 30 Mar 2016

You might also be interested in:

How To Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Published: 21/09/2015

We make decisions everyday that affect our lives to a great extent. Be it in a personal or a professional context, you can never deny the significance and the necessity of good decision making. Critical thinking helps us to find any flaw, if it exists, in our decision making process and helps us to reach a better outcome by eliminating those flaws. 

Read this article and learn how to improve your critical thinking skills.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internal Training

Published: 04/11/2015

Internal training enables professionals to receive training courses that tailors their expertise according to the unique necessities of their respective companies. Professionals do not have to leave their workplaces to receive this training. That saves both time and energy and the training is proven to be more efficient in that way as individuals receive hands-on experience relevant to their career profile. Before arranging internal or in-house training, companies should consider both positive and negative aspects in order to measure the extent of benefits one can receive through this type of training.