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?
Here is a look at the advantages and disadvantages of public courses.
Advantages of Public Courses
Less in-house administration
There is less work to do than with an in-house custom training. The training company builds up an agenda, provides the trainer, and chooses the location. Coffee breaks, lunch, and refreshments are also handled by the training company.
Fewer distractions for your colleagues
Once you have sent your colleagues on a public course, they are free from any responsibilities of their usual daily to-do activities. Therefore, all participants will have been able to fully engage their attention on the topics discussed during the training.
Public courses allow your colleagues to talk to people from other companies and different backgrounds. This way they will most likely gain different points of view and discuss different approaches.
Disadvantages of Public Courses
A more generalized approach
Teaching a public course means that participants will be coming from various job roles. Therefore, the trainers will have to present the content and in a manner that will please the majority. This makes the training not as specific or as tailored as bespoke training.
Cancellations or postponing of the courses
Public courses usually require a minimum number of attendees. If the minimum number isn’t met, the training usually gets canceled or delayed until the number is reached. This can be particularly annoying if you have organized everything around the idea of the training being on one precise date, and later to find out it has been pushed back a month.
Besides the public course fee, sometimes there may be travel involved and perhaps even a need for accommodation. These will raise the cost per delegate of sending your colleagues on training and will also increase the time it takes for training. Finally, it costs more than customized training.
Before you go
Read our similar guide on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Training for more information. Hopefully, by reading them both, you can make an easier decision on what suits best your company’s training needs.
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