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30th April 2020

You say you’re a team leader, you’ve done it for years, but where’s the proof?

HCUK Training’s Sarah Van Der Eykyn knows...

Why training is ‘that’ important

Having worked in the training environment for the past 10 years, I often come across employers and staff who are not convinced training is the way forward. Even with the offer of fully-funded training, it can be a difficult job to prove the overall value of up-skilling a team.

I hear this sort of thing a lot.

“I’ve worked in this role for years and undertake my job just fine with no qualification, so why would I need them now?”

And; “My team’s been doing this job for years, why do they need to do training to prove they know what they’re doing?”

My answer is always the same. You may have staff who have worked in their roles for years, but do they have the qualifications to back up their skills?

Think of it this way, would you trust a dentist or a doctor who had no qualifications or real credentials to give you root canal or a medical diagnosis? I know I wouldn’t.

So, why is having a team of staff without qualifications in any another industry any different? There are many managers, team leaders, administrators etc., but do they have any solid credentials to back up their work experience? The answer is often the same - no, they don’t.

So, my justification for encouraging employers and staff to undertake training is that having a skilled workforce who is qualified in its areas of expertise is invaluable for both you and the team, especially today, where knowledge and qualifications are vital to back-up and clarify what you know.

What should be stressed here is that training isn’t about giving people up-skilling opportunities so they can go and look for a new job. It’s about building an effective team, or workforce and working together to understand one another.

A team that’s been invested in and given recognition is more likely to stay loyal and stay put.

And in times of staff turnover, what better way to introduce your new member of staff to the team than with training to ensure they are hitting the ground running from the start.

Training gives an organisation and an individual credibility and direction. It gives everyone an invaluable knowledge-base, which can be put into practice helping staff new and old to work together to become stronger. Training and qualifications tend to be held in high esteem amongst peers and employers; it shows dedication and employers like people with dedication.

Fully-funded programmes like Skills Support for the Workforce recognise this and it was set up specifically to support and grow key industrial areas, giving investors the confidence to know they are dealing with a professional and competent team.

We are all too aware that today’s job market is filled with uncertainty threats of administration and redundancy, even more so with the current pandemic.

The job market is set to become more competitive and years of experience along with the qualifications to back them up could make all the difference. So going back to my original question is training really ‘that’ important? It’s a no brainer? Knowledge is power – it might sound corny, but it’s so true!

So, I guess the only real question is why wouldn’t you undertake and encourage training?


HCUK Training’s new blogger and long-term Trainer Sarah Van Der Eykyn means business. She has been delivering industry-based training for the past 10 years balancing her work with updating her own professional development and further training and education and she knows her stuff.

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