Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Courses

Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Courses

Apr 5, 2017 | Articles

Whether you’re seeking education opportunities for yourself or exploring training for colleagues and employees, at some point you will likely come up against a decision: is your training need best met by an open course or a bespoke training?

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Here is a look at the advantages and disadvantages of custom courses.

Advantages of Custom Courses

More focused training
Running a bespoke training course for a single client can generally allow the training to be a lot more focused on the specific subjects and skills that are relevant to your business. With custom training, everything is customizable. Public courses are often generic because they address businesses of any sector or size that attend them.
Work-related examples
In-House training means the courses can be designed and refined to address your specific needs and issues, using real-life examples and therefore have the most effect. Your colleagues will be able to work on current work or examples of work which relates to their roles, not on generic examples.
Training cost savings
Cost per course participant is typically lower than public courses, due to the fact the training company only has to send a trainer to you rather than set up an environment themselves. Therefore reasonable savings can be made. 
Travel cost savings
In addition to the training cost savings, having a custom in-house training saves you the trouble of paying for the travel and possible accommodation to get your colleages to the training.

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Disadvantages of Custom Courses

Extra administration
Although you save money by lessening the organisation needed by the training company, you do take on this burden yourself. Requirements of in-house bespoke courses could include a training room, access for the trainer in the building, parking for the trainer, equipment such as projectors, laptops and tablets among other things. These need to be sorted out and in advance to ensure that everything works before the training begins.
Trainees stay onsite
As much as this is a benefit, it is also a disadvantage to in-house bespoke training. The pure fact the candidates could be pulled out of the training in order to help with other activities suggests they probably will be. This makes it hard to actually get a candidate through an entire session without interruption.
Lack of innovation
If the custom training happens in the same environment where your colleagues work, there is the chance the training to go stale. They will not meet anyone new, so they will be missing out on an excellent networking opportunity, as well as the fact different ethos’ and styles brought by employees from other companies can give a different perspective to your colleagues.

Before you go

Read our similar guide on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Courses for more information. Hopefully, by reading them both, you can make an easier decision on what suits best your company’s training needs.

Get comprehensive training for your team

We always work with you to make sure that the training’s agenda is best adapted to your business needs, as well as to establish the trainees’ technical level.

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