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Training and Induction policies

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I know this one comes up on a regular basis!

I have been tasked with writing both a Training and Development Policy and an Induction Policy, and while I have accessed some fairly useful info from the CIPD website, I would welcome some guidance on what areas to include, where to start etc!

Any help would be much appreciated
Matt Brown

2 Responses

  1. From and To
    Whats your starting point / material / HR issues / material (experienced or raw recruit)?

    Where are you trying to get to (mission statement, commercial objectives, competitive edge, skill set(s), job profile(s), Knowledge, Attitude etc?

    What are the restrictions, dependencies and other policy restrictions e.g budgetary, which may shape the route you take to get there? How will these dependencies and limitations impact on the bottom line objective?

  2. Step by Step Process
    Matt

    The t&d process is conveniently linear going something like IDENTIFY NEEDS – DETERMINE DELIVERY METHODS – DELIVER – ASSESS – RECORD ATTENDANCES – ISSUE CERTIFICATES – EVALUATE.

    Being a character with a visual preference, I always find that drawing a map of a process and then asking questions about what do you want to do, who is the target audience, what are the corporate objectives etc in relation to each step, helps focus the thinking process.

    For example, if you select the first step – identify needs, you then determine how you will do it. When? Where? Who will be responsible? Who will collate the data? How will you determine what is acceptable / unacceptable? Who will pay and so on.

    From that you can flesh out your policy. If you don’t want to draw maps, using the outline function in Word can help set up a logical structure in which you can later write the content.

    Your policies also need to be simple, concise, and functional, which should mean that once you have a draft document you run it past the people who will be effected by it and fine tune it to suit their needs as well as yours.

    If you don’t want to start from scratch, see if you can find some policies written by other organisations (many provide them online) and see how they have approached the task.

    Good luck.

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