How To Plan Your Employee Training And Development Program

Feb 6, 2019Blog, Employee Training

Every job requires some amount of training.

Depending on what type of industry you’re in, your training program can look much different from others. If you have a large company with many highly skilled positions for instance, your employee training and development program will look significantly different from a smaller company with many entry level positions.

Regardless of what type of company you’re managing, you need to have some type of training program in place. Setting a program, rather than winging it every time you have a new hire, will give you the basis of a company that can scale effectively and will set you up for when your company grows and your workforce grows.

If you’re not convinced of how important an employee training program is, here are a few ways that they have helped the most successful companies grow.

Your Employee Training and Development Program

Every company needs to figure out a few basic things before they start designing their training program. This is the first step in setting yourself up for a successful onboard process. These are the three things that you need to figure out before implementing your training program:

Identify Your Training Needs

This is the first step and it is a very important one. A great way to go about it is to list out all of the responsibilities and objectives of each position that is going to be filled. This will give you an idea of how you will go about teaching your new hire.

This is a good time to figure out which of the many training programs you would like to implement. If the position is entry level, and pretty simple to grasp, you will want to go with either an on the job approach.

If you’re hiring a handful of new employees, you may want to switch to an orientation approach. This will allow you to train all of your new hires at once which is extremely efficient.

Set Your Objectives

What are you hoping to accomplish with your training program? Do you want to give your new hire a basic understanding of the position or do you want them to be able to start work immediately after?

For certain jobs, you’re going to want to have your employees ready to go as soon as they’re done with training. Other jobs however, you will want to spend time giving them a basic knowledge of the job and let them learn as they go so that they can develop processes on their own. These are generally more skilled jobs that require a bit of experience or education before hand.

Include Your Employees

You need to decide how your employees will be involved in the training process. There are some employees who you are going to trust to teach a new hire and there are some that you won’t.

Maybe you don’t want your employees to be involved in the training process at all. Most of the time, for most positions it is easier and cheaper to have one of your other employees train your new hire rather than having to do it yourself.

This also helps your new hire to get acquainted with their new coworkers. Ideally they will get along and be able to coordinate on certain tasks.

Different Types Of Employee Training and Development Programs

 There are many different types of training programs that you can implement into your company and different ones are used for different positions. Here is just a short list of some of the more common types of employee training programs:


This is a great way to get a bunch of new hires up to speed very quickly. For more entry level jobs this is very common. Higher skilled jobs don’t necessarily require an orientation, but if you have a very large company then a basic orientation is a really good idea.

There are many basic aspects of your company that can be portrayed through an orientation like the company’s history and its mission statement.  These are very basic things that every person in your company should know and understand.

Onboard Training

This is slightly different from orientation in that these generally are more in depth and can be recurring for as long as the first year of employment.

Onboard training should focus more on the more technical aspects of the job, but still not highly specific to one position.


Technical Skill Development Training

Getting more and more specific, this type of training will teach employees the nuts and bolts of their position. If the position requires them to use highly technical skills like writing or coding, this is their chance to get up to speed on the skills they will need to succeed.


Soft Skills Development Training

Soft skills would be things like communication skills, conflict resolution, etc. and are incredibly important to the success of your business. If all of your employees are on the same page in all of these skills, your company will be able to grow aggresively.


Mandatory Training

There are going to be new developments in your business and in your industry that you will need all your employees to be briefed on. You will need to get your people together for mandatory trainings.

Your HR department will generally handle many of these trainings, as they may be about sexual harassment or general HR problems.


There are many ways that you can develop your own employee training and development program and you will need to figure out exactly what your company needs. If you want your company to scale appropriately, you need to figure out how you’re going to deal with new hires.


Contact Infinity Staffing for more information on employee training and development program!