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A major challenge that many training programs face is getting support from management and being a priority within the organization. Being a priority may be obvious to us as trainers, but we shouldn’t assume everyone understands what training truly means or the value we add to the organization. Unfortunately, for some, programs are defined simply by putting up PowerPoint slides and calling it training. We know we learn by doing. This means, as members of the training department, we must become proactive in educating the organization about what training is and what it is not. Building a training partnership will support you in this process.
In a former job, I was the director of a parenting education program. Our goal was to help parents, teachers, and students form partnerships with one another. It proved to be very successful and had a positive impact on the educational experience for the student. I believe we can, and should, be going through the same process with our training programs. Often training departments are working in a vacuum which creates a disconnect with management and learners. This disconnect adds to the perception that training is an event you send people to with little to no follow-up—simply “checking the box.” Instead, training should be viewed as a process that requires partnership between trainers, managers, and learners for the training to be successful and add value to the organization.
For this partnership to work, you will need a commitment from everyone to be involved in the process before, during, and after training. When training is approached in this manner, you will be creating the conditions for training to be a priority and you will gain the necessary support needed for a successful training program. Consider this quote from Henry Ford: “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
What successes or challenges have you experienced in building partnerships within your organization? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
If you would like to learn more about how to develop this training partnership, I invite you to attend our Make Your Training Stick workshop. Until then, Happy Partnership Building in your organization!