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Many employers choose to pay for their staff to do TAFE NSW courses
While it can be tempting to skimp on training, all the available
evidence suggests it's an investment that pays big dividends. There
are two questions business owners need to ask themselves about
training their staff: is it worth it and, if so, what kind of training
Why training is worth it
1. Well-trained staff are more productive.
2. Training demonstrates to your staff that you're prepared to put
your money where your mouth is when it comes to developing their
careers. The end result is that they stick around, reducing the costs
involved in employee turnover.
3. Well-trained staff require less supervision, freeing up time for
you to work on growing your business rather than spending time
4. It can help you avoid a hefty lawsuit. Poorly trained staff are
much more likely to suffer or cause an injury. They can also get your
business into all sorts of expensive legal trouble by unknowingly
breaching laws relating to everything from workplace discrimination to
5. It prepares staff to take on bigger responsibilities. You wouldn't
throw your child the car keys and tell them to work out how to drive
on their own, so why hire or promote someone and then expect them to
muddle along for weeks or months until they figure out how to do
things properly? Especially if the position involves working with
specialised machinery or technology, you need to equip your employee
with the skills they need to perform effectively.
What type of training is best?
The type of training that's most effective will vary depending on the
role, the skills being learnt and the nature of your business. It may
be that you can provide on-the-job training or the staff member can
undertake computer-based training.
Alternatively, you could arrange an expert to come into the workplace
and conduct a training day. Many employers choose to pay for their
staff to do TAFE NSW
courses, which cover everything from bookkeeping and frontline
management to welding.
When contemplating investing in training, it's wise to keep in mind
the old maxim that it's much better to train staff and risk them
leaving than not train them and risk them staying.