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The need for a dedicated training space


I have trawled the internet for reasons why a dedicated training space is necessary to the learning and developments of Delegates. Unfortunately I am working in an organisation where training is still a new concept and the Senior management do not see the value.

Can anybody point me in the direction of some research that will help me overcome this resistance?
Richard Davis

3 Responses

  1. A business case for training resources
    This should not be a problem.

    Presumbably, you have all the facts needed for the training resources you need (cost of floor space, equipment, depreciation, staff, consumables). Project this cost over five years, and compare to the cost of hiring external resources over the same period. Then get the same figures for an established staff facility – the canteen, the sports club, the occupational health centre. Base your case on the basis of a positive financial comparison against using external resources AND a positive comparison of the value of a training resource compared to existing facilities. Is anybody going to say that the canteen is more valuable to the business than training?

    If you can convince yourself after this analysis, then you should have no trouble convincing the company.

  2. Is a dedicated training space really the answer?
    If your organisation is not comitted to training you may need to look at this from another angle. I would suggest the first priortiy is to change the culture regarding training.
    I find many delegates benefit from off site training and are very enthusiastic about it.
    It stops them ‘poping back to their desk’ in a break – and then arriving back in the session late.
    If a venue is nice it makes them feel valued and positive.
    Needless to say the training needs to be high quality so the experience is seen as a lot more than a day out of the office, away from the treadmill.
    Once a culture is established which perceives training as a positive advantage, you can then point out how much cheaper it would be to have a dedicated training space within the workplace – possibly with a library of training books and tapes attached.

  3. training spaces -centres
    The TUC have indepth knowledge of how to set up learning centres. As a Union Learning Rep I know from first hand experience, it will take time to raise the profile of training and a need for a learning space or room. I would advise the TUC learning services web site.


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