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10 Essential Resources for Small Businesses to Kickstart Their Employee Training Program

Employee training is a cornerstone of success for any business, and small enterprises are no exception.

As small businesses start developing effective training programs, the availability of valuable resources can significantly ease the process.

Here are 10 essential resources that small businesses can leverage to kickstart their employee training initiatives:

1. Online Learning Platforms:

Investing in an online learning platform can be a game-changer. 

Platforms like Udemy, Coursera, or LinkedIn Learning offer a plethora of courses covering various topics, enabling employees to enhance their skills at their own pace. 

2. Learning Management Systems (LMS):

Implementing an LMS streamlines the training process. 

Systems like Moodle, TalentLMS, or Teachable facilitate content delivery, tracking progress, and providing a centralized hub for all training materials.

I’ve used or helped others use many LMS resources. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.

3. TED Talks and Webinars:

Harness the power of inspirational talks and webinars. 

Platforms like TED and industry-specific webinar series offer insightful content, sparking motivation and providing valuable perspectives for your team.

4. Industry-specific Publications:

Stay updated with the latest industry trends through publications. 

Magazines, journals, and blogs in your industry can serve as invaluable resources, offering insights that can be integrated into your training programs.

5. YouTube Tutorials and How-to Videos:

YouTube is a treasure trove of tutorials and how-to videos. 

I’d try brain surgery if I could find a YouTube video and someone willing to let me. 😉

From software tutorials to practical skills demonstrations, this platform provides a free and accessible resource for various training needs.

6. Open Educational Resources (OER):

Explore Open Educational Resources for freely available educational materials. 

Websites like OER Commons or Khan Academy provide a variety of resources spanning different subjects and skill levels.

I can’t tell you how many great things I’ve heard about Khan Academy!

7. Podcasts:

Podcasts are a convenient way to consume content on the go. 

Identify relevant podcasts in your industry or niche that offer expert insights, interviews, and discussions that can supplement your training program.

8. Industry Associations and Conferences:

Connect with industry associations and attend conferences. 

Many associations offer training resources and conferences that can provide networking opportunities and access to the latest advancements in your field.

9. Employee Feedback and Input:

Your employees are a valuable resource themselves. 

Collect feedback and insights from your team to understand their specific needs and preferences. 

This input can shape the customization of your training programs.

10. Government Training Initiatives:

Explore government-sponsored training initiatives. 

Many governments offer programs, incentives, or resources to support small businesses in training their workforce. 

Check with local agencies or online portals for available options.

How to Implement These Resources:

1. Assess Your Training Needs: Identify the specific skills and knowledge gaps within your team to determine which resources align with your training objectives.

2. Create a Training Plan: Develop a training plan incorporating a mix of these resources, ensuring a well-rounded and engaging learning experience.

3. Utilize Multiple Platforms: Diversify your training materials across platforms to cater to different learning preferences within your team.

4. Encourage Continuous Learning: Foster a culture of continuous learning within your organization, encouraging employees to explore these resources proactively.

5. Measure and Adjust: Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your training initiatives. Gather feedback from employees, track performance metrics, and be prepared to adjust your approach based on the results.

There are many resources out there for small businesses. 

Use any of these with open eyes and due diligence. 

Always review training to ensure that it meets your specific needs. 

Don’t take anything for granted. 

I took for granted that the course I purchased provided everything in detail because the description sounded like it did.

I found out after a 1st party audit that the training didn’t cover the specifics we needed. 

If you’re a small business that needs to train employees, DM me and I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have, no charge.