On-the-job training is an approach known as “learning by doing”. This working concept allows individuals the opportunity to learn and perform within a working environment, without business owners having to pay the additional costs of setting up a training facility, hiring equipment or taking time out of the office.
Beyond the cost benefits, a skills development programme is particularly beneficial for practical jobs where employees need to experience and practice work in existing working conditions. It’s ideal for roles that require you to make use of a particular type of equipment or computer software to perform the task. And, fortunately, these training programmes are done within working hours for your convenience.
Who provides on-the-job training?
At ProudAfrique, we partner with accredited educational institutions to assist our clients in reaching their B-BBEE goals. We offer skills development programmes in a range of subjects and competencies, pairing our clients with courses that are best suited to their specific business’ and employees’ needs.
We strive to educate companies about the importance of investing in skills development in order to improve the economy and give employees the opportunity to grow in their field of choice. Our workplace-based programmes cover both theoretical training and practical on-the-job guidance, allowing management to assist with practical training where needed.
Here are five benefits of workplace-based skills development programmes:
Easily applicable for businesses
Many businesses try to create their own training programme when it comes to employee onboarding. But most of these fail. Not because of a lack of trying but because management isn’t trained to teach new employees the ropes according to industry specifics. Outsourcing this department to a qualified company will ensure that the training course you choose is focused and specific to your industry’s needs. You might choose a learnership skills development programme, for instance, which has very specific requirements that are measured according to Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) standards. The beauty of outsourcing your skills needs is knowing that employees will benefit in their own capacity and your business will be able to achieve your B-BBEE goals and improve the quality of the workforce.
It makes financial sense
Training your employees is a costly exercise. For one, it takes time away from production and two, you’re investing in someone who you hope will add value to your business. Many companies don’t commit to training programmes because of these reasons, so when training is done, management relies on co-workers to teach employees. If training is done on-site and through professionals, employees will be far more willing to partake and learn. Knowing that employees can grow their skills and better their opportunities will create a sense of enthusiasm in the office. In the end, workplace-based training can protect your bottom line by keeping production running smoothly and cutting down on unnecessary costs.
Creates flexible employees
Since these programmes are structured to ensure employees earn while they learn, they will also be able to practice new skills within a working environment. Many employees apply to work at a company with a set of skills, some of which don’t entirely match the company’s needs. Accepting employees and using skills development programmes to then teach employees the skills they need for a specific role will help them become a skilled, flexible and adaptable employee. They will gain exposure to new equipment and knowledge, giving them the tools and information they need to help take your business to new heights.
Contributes to a strong team culture
Employees who are training will likely ask for assistance with tasks, encouraging them to speak to co-workers or management about work. This type of support will foster a culture of continuous learning and it will contribute to strong employee relationships in the office. A learning environment will motivate the entire workforce and prove to be helpful in other work-related situations. For example, brainstorming sessions, challenging projects, team building events and more. This process will also contribute to employee satisfaction as they’ll take on new responsibilities that will keep them engaged and productive.
Offering your customers the opportunity to upskill themselves will not only benefit their own professional growth but it means that you are contributing to the economy at large. By committing to such a programme in South Africa, you will be able to create a well-rounded, professional workforce. Employees will look forward to coming to work to learn and grow, which, in turn, will boost employee retention as well as your bottom line. B-BBEE training and compliance are also critical to business success. So take note of the business benefits and contribute to a better society with ProudAfrique. Contact us and apply for one of our skills development programmes today!