Conversations around outsourced training needs often center around content creation or facilitation. However, there are a host of different training needs that companies can outsource to help streamline processes and reduce costs. In addition to instructional design and facilitation, outsourcing needs can include:
Fractional Learning Officers
Leadership Development Programming
Sales Enablement Programming
Knowledge Management Administration
Talent Strategy and Development
Although this list is not exhaustive, it's a start to understanding that learning needs are extensive, and outsourcing can be a viable option for a wide array of needs.
For many businesses, there isn't always a need to have a full-time training manager on staff. The workload can be inconsistent or the projects are front-end heavy. For that reason, some companies opt to engage independent consultants for the training work within their organization.
As you think about the training and development needs of your organization and employees, consider the following questions:
Do we have the funding necessary to support an experienced employee for this role?
What are the needs we are looking to meet through the development or expansion of learning and development in the organization?
How do we envision the role of training and development over the next year? Five years? Ten years?
Are our internal processes and procedures effectively developed and organized enough to support a training initiative in this company?
Does our current training staff have the experience and capabilities to address more complicated needs like Knowledge Management, Program Management, etc.?
The answer to these questions will indicate whether a company should consider outsourcing certain training needs to a specialized 3rd party vendor or independent contractor.
Want to learning more about outsourcing training and development? Schedule your free 30-minute consultation with Gaitway Learning to discuss your thoughts and see if outsourcing is a good fit for your company.