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Why businesses need to invest in employee training?

As we reflect on 2020 and move into 2021, it’s become apparent throughout the pandemic about what has worked in our business and lifestyles, and what hasn’t. With that in mind, business leaders have had to completely rethink how to operate their business and find new routes to reach their goals.

One of the best ways to succeed in business in this current climate is to invest in your team. This would allow you to ensure your employees have the correct skills they need in order to welcome the ever-changing requirements of the business. 

5 reasons to invest in employee development now

  • Keeps employees engaged and motivated
  • Strengthens internal talent in the business
  • Employees will be able to adapt to the future
  • Increased productivity = increased profitability 
  • Overcome workplace limitations

Soft skills have become key in business success

During this pandemic, we have learnt that there is a gap that exists in soft skills across many different roles, especially leadership roles. With high levels of stress and anxiety put on businesses due to covid, leaders need to display strong personal skills in order to effectively communicate with staff and also support emotionally during these tough times. 

Soft skills have become vital to business and employee success and more training is required to develop people’s skill set and knowledge.  As face-to-face training is on hold for the foreseeable future, virtual training platforms, similar to what we offer here at Kalu, has become a viable solution for development and learning new skills. 

A demand in IT skills required for remote working

As many people are now virtually working from home on their own, it’s not as easy as it used to be to ask colleagues for help. Pre-covid days allowed us to simply turn our heads and ask a colleague a quick question, but now people seem to be more hesitant to ask as it can mean several phone calls which can often leave people feeling guilty and embarrassed about doing so.

It is important that we help support people to be as self-sufficient as we can through soft skills and IT training. This will help people feel more confident in what they are doing and a lot more comfortable to ask their colleagues a question as it won’t be as frequent.  

Also, the training courses create an opportunity to bring people together, giving them something to look forward to, a hidden team building event as well as upskilling on a required topic.

Reach employee development goals with virtual training

A few years back, online training was perceived as the budget version of learning and less impactful compared with classroom training. However, today’s virtual training options have proven to be just as effective or even better, especially with interactive learning opportunities.

Virtual training also allows you to incorporate a social element into learning, allowing delegates to share thoughts, have meaningful discussions and to stay connected.

It is also a great way to practise important skills such as feedback delivery, flexibility, communicating with others and active listening. 

Moving forward…

Moving forward, the most successful businesses this year will be those who create opportunities for their team for further growth and development. By investing and upskilling your employees, they will be able to use these tools to help them succeed in their roles. 

A study from The World Ecomonic Forum predicts that 50% of employees will need to be reskilled by 2025. As the need for technology and adaptation increases, people will be required to develop their skill set to stay ahead of the competition. 

If your business is interested in investing in employee training and development, then we can help. Our FREE consultation allows you to discuss your requirements with our team so we can offer you a bespoke training package for your team. Ask about our group booking discount to see how we can save you money!

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Kalu have worked with the MTC to deliver appropriate L&D solutions for the Learning and Development interventions that we have required, be they across management development, Health and Safety, Project Management, core or IT skills. Their professional approach, flexibility and expertise ensures us the solution delivered is shaped to reflect MTC working practices, policies and procedures. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Mettler Toledo

We have been using Kalu Training for over 10 year, specifically for all our IT training. Kalu always provide an excellent service when arranging the training and assist us with the training needs analysis exercise that our candidates take part in before any delivery. The training needs analysis has helped us group our candidates together with similar needs and knowledge. Kalu receive nothing but praise and gratitude from the employees they have trained at Mettler Toledo. All the training is delivered and carried out to the level that is required by all attendees. When necessary Kalu Training have provided us with in-house training that has been provided for specific related task/process. I would recommend Kalu Training for the support and work that they do.

Charnwood Borough Council

We have used Kalu for a variety of IT related training and we have always been pleased with the quality and value they provide. They always invest time in getting to the bottom of what our learning needs and outcomes are and then offer a selection of flexible options that meet those requirements.

Alpro UK Ltd

Kalu’s training was very professional and thorough, the trainer had great knowledge, delivered the course contents in an engaging manner and was equipped to answer any additional items raised. A great service. Many thanks!

Kalu provided effective training to all my staff - Great!

Great training and venue, well-paced, engaging & informative!



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