TRAINING YOUR WORKFORCE

By on July 14, 2005

Ron Kerr, CMPA Honorary CEO

Whether you are a manager, employee or the owner of a business within our industry, vocational training must be given greater prominence within the work place and on the official balance sheet.

The position of training outcomes within any business at a given point in time needs to be revisited and reviewed regularly. It must be an ongoing and reoccurring process.

Employees
I will start to request industry specific training to be provided by my employer

Working as a facilitator for the industry’s training packages over the last four years, the CMPA has heard every excuse that can explain why businesses don’t wish to participate in training. These excuses range from, “I don’t have enough time or staff”, “Its too wet or dry”, “I can’t get someone to replace a trainee”, “I haven’t got enough employees”, “We are considering the issues (every time the CMPA calls!), “I don’t think it is applicable to me”, “I can’t read”, “You gave me too much or little warning”, “It takes too long”. The list goes on and on.

Thoughts for Managers
All outcomes require more than one input – employee’s wages alone cannot be cost effective. A business’ chart of accounts must identify all business activities – is training identified?
Quarrying is an art – and an artisan must be trained
The dignity of employment is a right of all – Vocational training is how this can be achieved.

Without a doubt, I too as an employer have witnessed and as a manager used and as an employee uttered many of these excuses over the last 30 years as I have moved through the industry.

So I ask myself, how we can work towards a time when these three sections of the workforce can jointly work towards continued vocational development.

Owners
I will become more vocal in demanding direction, support and practical outcomes on training which meet my needs.
I will as an owner direct that all my employees are to participate in ongoing training .

It is very important to realise the that owner sets the overall direction where he/she wishes to invest their resources however it requires more than one to tango…

Everyone
Cancelling or not having employees participating in on-going training and enhancing of their skills and knowledge is a common, however unwise path to follow

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