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Public versus In-house Training

TrainingThere 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.

Public Training

Advantages Disadvantages
Reduced cost (for fewer participants)

Different perspectives

Various industries represented

Less setup/administration by organization


Higher cost (for more participants)

Standard curriculum

Lack of one-on-one training

Inability to target training to areas of need

In-house Training

Advantages Disadvantages
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.

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