The benefits of outsourcing training are well-known, but occasionally you’ll still run into management team members who demand to know why companies outsource training that could be completed in-house. Such individuals are usually concerned with cost and the temporary loss of staff who could—in their eyes at least—be trained on the job.
The truth is outsourcing maintenance training saves time, money, and resources. Below are five reasons companies outsource maintenance training, and how external training is both practical and cost-efficient.
Outsourced Training and Technology
Effective training systems require an investment in an LMS, or Learning Management System. An LMS handles such tasks as material delivery, administration chores, test tracking, and recordkeeping. It’s vital for both the delivery and assessment of training.
The cost of designing, creating, implementing, and maintaining an LMS is high. For most companies, it’s cheaper to leverage the outsourced trainer’s existing system.
Limited staff resources also explain why companies outsource. Internal training drains internal staff choices. If the company wants a permanent training system, full-time staff is required—staff who might better serve the company’s interests in different positions.
With outsourcing, a company can scale its training program up or down as the need arises, freeing up your staff to focus on mission-critical tasks.
Safety is another of the benefits of outsourcing training. Proper training from highly-qualified experts reduces the risk of injuries which could lead to costly medical expenses and—in extreme cases—litigation. The better trained your staff, the safer they are from physical harm, and the safer the company is from legal action and safety-related fines.
Remote Locations and Satellite Facilities
When your business locations are geographically distant, arranging in-house training is both costly and impractical. External trainers are better suited for the job, either through in-house or virtual training.
Greater Talent Pools
No matter how skilled your staff are, you’ll always have holes in your in-house knowledge base. This is especially true in maintenance, where codes, regulations, and technology change at a rapid pace. One of the greatest benefits of outsourcing training is access to industry-leading experts with specific knowledge and skill sets your staff lack—at least until they’re trained.
How Companies Outsource
These are just some reasons companies outsource. How companies outsource is a different matter. Outsourced training comes in a variety of forms. Public seminars are effective, but can have a high cost in terms of transportation and time away from work.
In-house training is popular, as the instructor comes directly to your facility. Live online training is also popular, and combines personalized instructor attention with the cost-saving aspect of online courses. In both cases, TPC Trainco instructors can customize training to reflect your facility’s specific needs.