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Calculating Training Days


This may seem like a basic question - but how do you calculate Training Days? I am overseeing two training programmes one of which is the usual 10 trainees attending either 1 or 2 days training but the other one is modular, therefore a 5 day course could be made up of 8 modules (some half days) and some staff will attend all of the modules and other staff just a few. Every time I have made a calculation - it doesn't seem correct?
Linda George

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  1. Activity measures
    I am not sure what you are trying to acheive or exactly what you mean by ‘training days’.
    I presume this is a simple activity measure. If so, there are three main options.
    Firstly there are students days. This the number of students x the number of days spent in training. So, 10 students on a two days course would equal 20 student days. The same principle applies to half days – just take the number of students on each module, multiple that by the length of the module, then add up all these figures to get an overall student days total.
    Secondly, there are trainer days. This is the number of trainers employed x the duration of the module/programme. So if you have two trainers for 4 half day modules this comes to 4 trainer days.
    Thirdly is training days. This is the number of days where there has been training activity. This might, for example, comprise 1 two day course, 3 one day courses and 5 half day courses. The total would be 7.5 training days.
    I do hope you are collecting this data for a specific managerial purpose. If it is to record activity because ‘we have always done that’ or ‘the boss has asked for it’, then I would seriously challenge this practice and propose something more meaningful.
    Hope this helps


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