Friday, August 1, 2008

Learning To Train

Over the last decade, training has acquired a significant position in the world of competitive business. Also in the field of social development across the developed and developing countries a great amount of importance is now being given to training. As considerable emphasis is placed on human relations the scope of training is no longer restricted to developing knowledge and competencies. In fact it has now become a crucial element in providing a sound basis for modern day management. Having recognized the role of training in enhancing productivity and improving organizational functioning, many organizations, business houses, and industries have established their own in-house training departments. The business is no longer based on local environment but it is today a total global scenario. At the macro level training has become the overall national strategy for human resource development. This has enabled the growth scenario which has contributed to the economic and social progress. A lot of developing countries are enhancing their presence in the field of training to ensure the availability of young energetic and skillful workforce.
The present scenario is an urgent need for well qualified and trained trainers in the business sector. As the demand for skilled labor is on the rise so is the demand for well qualified trainers increasing. Under the given circumstances it has been found that a lot of people are deployed from their busy schedules to provide training and facilitate learning to the new trainees. Increased recognition for trainings has led to the emergence of a large number of training agencies across the spectrum. Entrepreneurs have emerged as consultants to provide and facilitate learning processes. There is today a great opportunity for all to jump the bandwagon and grow with this large consortium of training facilitators.
Training and education are both growth oriented and directed at the individual. The aim is to develop in an individual the ability and skill to face complexities of life along with the challenges. As life becomes more complicated and knotty one looks at all possible avenues to scale the ladder of growth and success. There is no dearth of definitions of trainings some of which have already been discussed in the seminar. “The aim of training is to develop potential knowledge and skills of the trainees to carry out defined tasks and responsibilities. As trainers, we are responsible for the learners learning more than imparting knowledge and ensuring that what has been learned is value addition in the job scenario. It is like a direct ration on the return on investment (ROI).
In the fast paced and highly competitive world of today, learning - knowledge, skill, attitude & experience – has acquired a new meaning and value. Learning is common to all human beings, regardless of where they live and what they pursue. Learning is a natural phenomena and we all have a desire and urge which drives us into the motions of learning processes which may be expressed or unexpressed. Learning starts soon after birth and continues unabated till death. The course that learning takes will defer from one to another as each is dependant on various factors like needs, opportunities, ability, circumstances etc. Learning therefore is a continuous process and one should never shy away from accepting a challenge towards this growth. Learning happens through structured and unstructured activities. In educational institutions, the setting is relatively formal and the activities more structured. On the other hand, the socialization process that occurs in a family setting can be viewed as along continuous process though the environment is informal and the activities are not necessarily structured. A considerable amount of learning also takes place through peer groups and other social relationships that an individual establishes and nurtures.
"The first step in life is the most important one, so take it now."


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