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Businesses need to be agile to succeed, and crucial to this is having motivated people with up-to-date skills. The key is good training


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oday’s competitive business environment requires companies of all sizes and interests to be more agile and competitive than ever before.


Training motivates people. It encourages


them to remain with their employers. An economic downturn will not necessarily discourage the best employees looking around to further their careers elsewhere. Staff motivated by an employer’s commitment to their development should be less likely to stray. In the current economic climate, it makes


sense to train and develop your staff to be the best, improving their personal skills and – as a result – giving your organisation a competitive edge over your rivals. Te benefits of training aren’t just felt when


a staff member is going for promotion – many employers nowadays value ‘learning agility’ as a core competency, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the world’s largest chartered human resource and development professional body. For the employee, training


helps to build confidence and credibility, and allows him or her to measure their progress through tracking their learning. It allows them to


In the current economic climate, it makes sense to train and develop your staff to be the best


showcase their achievements when their periodical appraisal comes around, and targeting on specific training and development can help achieve career goals. In a world that is rapidly changing,


constantly updating their skill set allows them to cope positively with change. As organisations shiſt responsibility for


personal development back to the individual, the ability to manage your own professional growth is seen as a key strength. It helps to maximise staff potential by


linking learning to actions and theory to practice. It also helps them to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time- bound) objectives so that training activity can be more closely


linked to business needs. It promotes good staff morale and motivation, and helps to give a positive image/brand to organisations. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is a


‘champion’ of training and people development. Te Chamber works in partnership with leading professionals to deliver a full training and people development programme, that includes: » business skills courses » IT courses »management development programmes » customised training » and its popular series of short, sharp “How To ... ...” workshops. Te Chamber has developed more than


150 customised programmes for all sizes and sectors of business, covering the widest range of skills from international trade documentation, introduction to management, IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) health and safety, first aid at work and specialised IT courses. Tere are, of course, many different training


and development methods, including on-the-job training, classroom training, internal – and external – training courses, coaching, mentoring, behavioural development training and product training. Many companies face the challenge of


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