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Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Courses

Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Courses

Whether you’re seeking educational opportunities for yourself or exploring training for colleagues and employees, at some point you will likely come up against a decision: are your training needs 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
Sending people to a public course involves less work than with an in-house custom training. The training company is the one that 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 to a public course, they are essentially free from any responsibilities of their usual daily activities. Therefore, all participants will be able to fully engage their attention on the topics discussed during the training.

External networking
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 to common issues.

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Disadvantages of Public Courses

A more generalized approach
Delivering a public course means that participants will be coming from various job roles. Therefore, the trainers will have to present the content in a manner that will please the majority of the attendees. This makes the public course less specific and not as tailored to a company’s needs as a bespoke training.

Cancellations or postponing
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 occurring on a precise date, only to find out that it has been pushed back a month.

More expensive
Besides the public course fee, sending multiple people to a public course may sometimes involve travel & accommodations involved. This will significantly raise the cost per delegate of sending your colleagues to a training and will also increase the time it takes out of their schedule. Depending on the number of people attending, this may end up costing their company more than simply having the training delivered on-site.

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.

Get comprehensive training for your team

Discover a wide range of relevant public courses, from fundamental to advanced levels, all led by well-known industry experts.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Courses

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

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

Advantages of Custom Courses

More focused training

Running a custom training course for a single client usually allows the training to be a lot more focused on the specific subjects and skills that are relevant to your business. With a bespoke training, most aspects are customizable. Public courses are often generic because they address businesses of any sector or size that attend them.

Work-related examples

An in-house training means the course can be designed and refined to address your specific needs and issues, using real-life examples and therefore have the highest impact. 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

For a custom training, the cost per participant is typically lower than public courses due to the fact the training company only has to send a trainer to your HQ rather than set up an entire training environment themselves somewhere else, and you could have significantly more people attend it. Therefore, reasonable cost savings can be achieved.

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 all your colleagues to the training.

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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.

Disadvantages of Custom Courses

Extra administration

Although you save money by lessening the logistics needed by the training company, you do take on this burden yourself. Requirements of in-house bespoke courses could include a training room, providing access to the trainer in the building, 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 do an in-house bespoke training. The pure fact the candidates could be pulled out of the training in order to help with other day-to-day activities or emergencies suggests they probably will be. This makes it hard to actually get a candidate through an entire session without interruption.

Lack of networking

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, things which can provide 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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