This was the challenge I gave to my daughter’s teacher at our recent parent’s evening, having been told that aspects of her work were excellent, whilst others needed a bit more attention. She tried to reassure me by stating that the things she was excelling at were the things that counted most in the SATS. But in my opinion, the things she needed to work on were just as important for life in general, and I found her dismissal of these aspects a little unsettling.
This is the same uncomfortable feeling I get with many ‘accredited’ and ‘government funded’ courses. Not that they don’t have their place, but they are not the panacea that we are sometimes led to believe. A qualification based course has a very strict curriculum, which is set by the examiners. They decide what you need to know, and how this knowledge should be demonstrated. Fantastic if there is close correlation with what you actually want to learn. Lovely if you like to collect certificates. However, in my experience, much of what is covered on the curriculum isn’t actually of interest or use to the learner. Yet they attend the course because that’s where the funding is.
To receive training that is wholly relevant to a role or business, you just have to go bespoke. OK, so there’s no officially recognised qualification in most cases, but the learning content is designed especially for the target audience, and in conjunction with the business. The vast majority of the content will of interest AND use. It will be provided using language, systems and examples that are totally relevant. It is immediately applicable, and will have a direct impact on what the learners do.
I’m not against qualification-based training. For some people, especially those who missed out at school, it provides a great opportunity to demonstrate their competence in certain areas. However, if businesses are serious about improving the skills of their people in their organisations then what people achieve in a test is not as relevant as what they actually do in the job.
If you think bespoke training will help your business, where you decide what learners need to know/do, and you dictate the success criteria, contact us to find out more.