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Three Common Errors in Workforce Development

When it comes to developing– and maintaining– a strong workforce, many companies often overlook the benefits of on-site training programs and instead focus on the time and cost these programs would take. In fact, there are many misunderstood or outdated practices that are preventing companies from getting the skilled workforce they’re looking for. Let’s take a look at three common errors in workforce development, and why a registered apprenticeship program like Designship, can be an answer to all three.

Promotions Are Based On Seniority, Not Merit
Many companies choose to promote based on seniority to reward employees for both the time they’ve invested and the knowledge they’ve acquired along the way. The error here is assuming that the greater the experience the greater the ability. This promotional structure can backfire on a company because newer employees could lose motivation, or give up altogether if they know there’s no chance of being rewarded for their hard work. And even worse, senior employees may begin to slack if they know they’re able to advance regardless of their work ethic and productivity.

An apprenticeship will give new employees the tools and knowledge they need from the beginning, putting them on the same playing field as some of the more experienced employees. In turn, companies are able to promote their employees from a wide talent pool, setting themselves up for long-term success with people who are passionate about their job and the success of the company.

Current Training Is Too Dependent On Tribal Knowledge
Sure, tribal knowledge is a big aspect of a company’s success. But the problem comes when there’s no sufficient system to pass that knowledge along. All too often, a company will throw a generic video and a stack of forms at new hires and then expect them to take it from there. While job duties may seem like common sense to seasoned employees, it’s a mistake to assume that new employees will quickly pick up unique skill sets and company practices.

For starters, employees should be given information in digestible chunks. It’s important that a new hire understand one thing before moving on to the next. An apprenticeship is a great way to add structure to a training program, build skilled workers, and pass along company knowledge in an organized way.

Not Keeping Track Of What Works And What Doesn’t
One of the biggest mistakes that a company can make when it comes to implementing a successful training program is not keeping track of key performance indicators or KPIs. Every company should have their own set of KPIs so they can track and measure success, yet a 2016 study by Geckoboard has shown that nearly half (49%) of small and medium-sized business owners have failed to identify any KPIs.

Once business leaders have a better understanding of their own success, they can take that information and pass it down in the form of an apprenticeship. That way, every single team member has a clear understanding of what makes the company grow. In fact, even new hires are given an opportunity to make valuable contributions to that growth, and the company can work toward setting goals as a whole.

If you’re interested in becoming a business partner, or for more information, contact the Designship team today to see how you can become involved.