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7 popular types of training methods in the workplace


In any workplace environment, there is a certain level of learning to extend employees skills and improve the way they complete their job role. This is in the company’s best interest as it can improve the quality and level of work produced. It also allows employees to self-develop which boosts morale and allows for more job satisfaction. Learning can come in many forms, and there are a variety of methods to do so which each have their own merit.

Effective Training methods in the workplace

When choosing training methods in the workplace you must consider your budget. The ideal solution is to find something that gives the most effective training at the most economical price. Of course, this all depends on the content of the training and how many employees need to learn.

Effective Training methods in the workplace

#1. Coaching

Coaching asks an experienced professional to work one-on-one with the learner. This method is perfect for something more challenging as it allows the employee to have a constant mentor who can answer queries and offer support throughout. A learner engaging in this kind of teaching should be able to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subject and become experienced much faster. The drawbacks of this are that working one-on-one tends to be more time consuming and therefore more expensive. Even if the trainer is teaching as they work, they won’t be able to perform as efficiently as they could as they will still need to be coaching.

#2. Hands-on training

The saying “learn by doing” is often thrown around, but hands-on training has a variety of benefits and for some people is the most beneficial way of working. It gives learners a perfect opportunity to actually solve the problem their facing and allows them to experience the situation in a controlled environment. It also means they have a trainer on hand to correct and assist them to ensure they are getting the most out of their training. Hands-on learning is thought to have increased engagement as learners are fully submerged in what they are doing. This type of learning tends to be more expensive and time-consuming than other kinds, although it’s a great method for learners to retain the information.

Mentoring in the workplace

#3. Lecture theatre

The lecture style of teaching is perfect for a large group. The person teaching the training will stand at the front and speak or present whilst the learners take notes. This type of learning would be ideal for a programme designed for a whole office or company, as with a theatre-style lecture you can present to hundreds of people at once. This saves money on individual training although an offsite venue is likely to be needed to facilitate the presentation and speaker facilities, as well as the number of guests. A drawback of this training method in the workplace is that it is far harder to cater to an individual’s needs, particularly if the content of the training is more challenging.

Training programmes for new employees

There is a difference when training existing employees and developing their skills. New employees will often need a more hands-on way of teaching which will span for longer. For example, an apprentice will need to spend significant time learning about the products and the company before they are ready to complete tasks to the same standard as other employees.

#4. Onboarding

Onboarding is a technique used when an employer is new to the company. It’s a more effective way of submerging them in the understanding of the way the business works so they can do a more effective job. It allows the learner to feel valued among other employees and invest time in a training programme that meets their needs. Although onboarding can be more time consuming, ultimately it can be a faster way of ensuring the new employee has a full understanding of their new role. Onboarding is a type of training which is an investment and can improve the way a company works altogether.

On boarding employees

#5. On the job training

On the job training is exactly what it says on the tin. You learn as you work and have the first-hand experience of what you need to know. This type of training can be experienced on many levels, from days worth of on the job training to learning a whole new job role. This is an efficient way of working however if the trainee is working in a “real” environment if they make a mistake it may have more consequences than if it was a “sandbox” training space. On the job training is commonly used for apprenticeships and internships. It is popular with younger learners who are able to be paid a lower wage in order to learn on the job.


In 2020, there are so many of our everyday activities that are carried out online. From grocery shopping to socialising, the vast array of things which can be completed online are only increasing. It makes perfect sense for a training method in the workplace to be because training can sometimes be the same or very similar for a large group of people, taking it online with eLearning is very popular. It saves money on training space and instructor and allows the trainee to be taught efficiently. It also means learners can complete the course at home on their own devices if needed. For the modern workspace, eLearning is absolutely ideal.

#6. Mandatory Training

In most companies, there is legal mandatory training which new employees need to complete, and those existing employees will need to revisit the training once a year or so. For example, the fire procedures of a business are often mandatory to revisit every year. Other similar training includes food hygiene, emergency protocols and warehouse safety. These courses can be easily taught through an interactive eLearning platform which all employees can complete. This saves time and money on physical training and is just as effective.

eLearning for employees

#7. Product Training

If your learner is starting their job in a warehouse or service which involves having detailed product knowledge, this kind of training is vital. From the product number, features, functions and history, the learner needs to be knowledgable on every product. When communicating with the client, the learner must be confident to recommend and give information on all the products that are on offer. eLearning is the perfect way of doing this. The majority of companies store all product information online, so the learner has a platform to revise the products during their onboarding.

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