Public versus In-house Training
There are several training setting options available to organizations. Two of the most common are to have people attend training in a general public setting or to have the training delivered in-house to just the participants from your organization. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
|Reduced cost (for fewer participants)
Various industries represented
Less setup/administration by organization
|Higher cost (for more participants)
Lack of one-on-one training
Inability to target training to areas of need
|Reduced cost (for more participants)
More specialized to your needs
Training that uses your examples
Training adapted to your organization
Travel cost savings
Can be more convenient
Can be team building event
|Higher cost (for fewer participants)
More set-up/administration by organization
Training development time can be longer
If held on-site, work may interfere with training
There is no easy way to determine what is best for your organization. The decision comes down to determining which factors are more important to you when providing this training. Help in deciding which is the best option can come from a couple of different sources.
First, what was discovered in the needs assessment that indicated additional training was required?
- Are there a few people that needed training or is this more company-wide?
- Is general knowledge what has been asked for or is it something more specific that’s needed?
- Is there a public training session in your area or would the cost of travel to training on top of the training fees make this option unacceptable?
Another other source of information to determine your best training option could be your organization’s training plan/ training and development goals/training program – if one exists.
- This might specify if training is to happen in-house, off site, or doesn’t matter.
- It also might also might define or limit interaction with other organizations in your industry.
The final source of information for determining how training should be delivered may be your budget. Limited training budgets are typically used to send fewer people to public trainings. Larger training budgets tend to bring trainers in-house for large group training.
Training is what helps organizations stay up-to-date and leaders in their field but if it isn’t done correctly, training can cause more problems than it solves. Choosing the correct setting is one of the best ways to have training be an asset to your organization – not a liability.