A review of the fundamental design principles for an effective skills training programme
How do you assess a training design? What makes one skills programme outstanding while another is mediocre? One thing we all know, is if a skills development project doesn’t reach its potential, it can be a huge drain on resources and that’s a heavy responsibility for those leading the initiative.
In our experience any programme which can meet eight or more of the following criteria has a high chance of bringing about a significant and last improvement in skills performance.
- Valid success model
- Emphasis on basic behaviour/skills
- Low threat learning environment
- Appropriate use of technology
- Incremental building of skills
- Learner centred approach
- Frequent and objective programme checks
- Maximum practice opportunity
- Specific performance models and examples
- Exciting to teach and to learn
- Work-based reinforcement.
In this paper we examine each of these principles in turn and highlight the cumulative impact they can have when implemented as a cohesive model.
This is important reading for HR, L&D or training specialists or anyone involved in leading or accounting for the effectiveness and ROI of a skills programme.
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