Evaluation of Different Training and Development Methods and Their Practicality in the Workplace

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Training has been defined as ‘a planned effort by a company to facilitate employees’ learning of job-related competencies. These competencies may include knowledge, skills, or behaviours that are critical for successful job performance.’ While Development refers to any form of formal education, job experiences, relationships and assessments of personality and abilities that can aid in the performance of an employee in current or future jobs. (Noe 2007)
Training and development methods consists of different techniques and materials used by trainers to structure learning experiences, and different delivery methods are better suited for achieving certain learning objectives. Reid (2007) argued that when determining a learning strategy for
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Mentors should be chosen based on interpersonal and technical skills and they need to be trained as well. , Although not always, mentors are usually provided for management-level employees e.g. members of the board of directors or retired company executives might decide to mentor senior managers of the company. This is an effective learning tool because it offers feedback on the employee’s strength and weaknesses. However, a limitation of formal mentoring programs is that mentors may find it difficult to provide counselling or coaching in artificially formed relationships. ,

Blended Learning: is described as a method that combines the use of distant learning techniques i.e. e-learning with traditional learning. Employees prefer this method because it provides easy access to learning for them. It also serves as an effective technique to train employees because it combines the importance of matching an individual’s preferred learning style with the appropriate training delivery. It is also relatively convenient. However, the learner needs to be enthusiastic about the topic of the training to avoid de-motivation.
E-learning: various companies have taken e-learning as a method of delivery for training their employees. This type of training is delivered online through the internet or the web by using a computer . Support for the trainee
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