Testimonials that Support Reading these Free Guides
‘Please read these Guides because making L&D relevant and valuable to the organisation is not difficult when sales and revenue is high and the future looks bright as no one really cares! But as soon as trading becomes difficult and the future looks less positive the accountants start looking at efficiency and reduction in costs. This is a fact of life and the sooner we as L&D people realise and come to terms with it the sooner we can focus on how we make ourselves indispensable to the business in a commercial sense.
Managing a training budget is one of the most challenging things to be accountable for and linking return on investment to expenditure is key. Unless we can do this very clearly we will always be the first budget to reduce no matter how much we or the organisation cry about it as survival of the company is the most important factor to consider as livelihoods are at stake! This is true even when training is a requirement to do the job companies will cut corners and this can have a negative impact on customer service, productivity and quality. L&D presence at the top table can help but getting closer to the operation and gaining a real understanding of the day-to-day challenges increases the credibility of L&D managers and partners and enables them to have a greater impact on results’.
Michael Anglin, Group Leadership & Management Development Manager, Travis Perkins PLC
‘Year on Year it is harder to justify a training budget; yet no one can deny that training and development is important to ensure you have the right skills for today and the future. But how often have people gone to a training course, said ‘wow that was great – really enjoyed that’ but then never addressed and implemented what they have learned. Some individuals may not even be able to tell you what the course was about once they leave the training room.
Training is a necessary investment but we need to get better at justifying the spend. Gone are the days where the training department only delivers the end product – they need to prove it does what it says on the tin. Following many debates with Senior Managers on the benefits of training and ‘one day out of the office could see at least 10% increase in productivity afterwards’. This guide is a great tool to get the process started and facilitate that conversation. Training is no different from any other product – surely we need to see it met our customers needs? This guide is easy to read, easy to follow and easy to understand. Definitely a recommended read – but also implement!’.
Katy Kinsella-Whyte, Head of HR, MCIPD, AVS Fencing Supplied Limited