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The Importance of Skills Development Training Revisited by Garvey Africa Institute

Skills Development of the Invaluable Asset

Employees are an organisation’s biggest asset” goes an old adage that has remained true to this day. The performance employees or colleagues is vital for sustainable organisational growth and success. Workers need up-to-date appropriate skills for efficient and effective performance. As such, skills development training is a prudent investment on the part of organisations. Organisations should, therefore, pride themselves in funding, supporting and superintending the skills development of their workers (invaluable asset) across all levels. Interestingly, organisations tend to go through cumbersome processes to recruit and hire qualified and suitable staff, but often place very little emphasis on retraining such employees to perpetuate their top quality. Funding training is one vital way through which an institution may care for its employees.

Training presents an organisation with a prime opportunity to expand the knowledge/skills base of employees, upgrade their skills and motivate them to perform better with loyalty and dedication. Considering that many employees may not be able to fund themselves even when cognisant of their own skills deficiencies it is incumbent upon the institution to assume such responsibility. It is true that attending training results in employees missing out on work time which in turn may delay the completion of activities or projects. However, the benefit of training to both the individual and organisation make the cost and time lost worthwhile. In the majority of instances, the return on investment in training and development of employees tends to be invaluable.

A Synopsis of the Benefits of Skills Development Training

Here listed are but some of the benefits that come from training employees:

  • Improved employee performance – the performance of an employee who receives the necessary training improves significantly since training enhances skills, gives the employee a greater understanding of responsibilities and role in as much as it builds confidence.
  • Motivation – the investment in training that an organisation makes shows employees that they are valued. Employees who feel appreciated and challenged through training opportunities tend to feel more satisfaction toward their jobs hence become increasingly motivated to perform diligently.
  • Addressing weaknesses – training allows employees to strengthen those skills that each employee needs to improve on. It brings employees to a higher skills level freeing them of their weaknesses and allowing them to perform better.
  • Increased ingenuity – training and upskilling of the workforce tends to encourage creativity. In many instances, new ideas form as a result of training and development.
  • Reduction in staff turnover – staff members who feel valued after being invested in are less likely to change employers. Recruitment costs, therefore, go down due to staff retention.
  • Enhancement of organisational reputation and profile – Having a strong and successful training strategy helps to develop institutional brand and make it a prime consideration for graduates and mid-career changes. Thus, training makes the organisation more attractive to potential new recruits who seek to improve their skills and the opportunities associated with those new skills.

Garvey Africa Institute is at hand to provide you with skills development training as and when the need arises. We are offering online training as we are cognisant that many cannot travel due to restrictions imposed by their governments to reduce the spread of Covid19.