Table: A Road Map To High Tech Training
SOURCE ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES National training Trainers have broad Can be very expensive experience with a wide and may not be tailored audience and tend to be enough to your business' up-to-date. or employees' needs. Local training Cost will tend to be lower Courses may not be or trade schools than for national training sophisticated enough for companies. your needs. Community A linchpin of the nation's Courses may not be held at colleges training systems. convenient times. A wide variety of programs Courses sometimes too so you'll find what you academic. need. Trade or Training is usually Not all groups offer professional specifically related training sessions. organization to the business. Local Programs speak to local Programs may be too organizations, concerns. general or may be like the Chamber peripheral to your of Commerce business. Unions Programs are developed for Usually available specific groups of workers. only to union members. Programs are usually convenient to attend. Mentors or Allows a designated em- Expensive to put someone coaches ployee to focus on on your payroll or free them from worker train- ing. their normal duties. Multimedia Allows people to learn at Technology isn't always the their desks and at their best teacher. Can be own pace. expensive. Vendors and Immediate help with new Trainers may not know your suppliers product. Often comes as business and are limited part of package. in linking their products to other systems. Government- Commerce Dept. sponsors May not be located in your sponsored economic extension programs around area. May be too focused on development the country. Many states industrial production. centers run their own programs. DATA: EDUCATION DEPT., LABOR DEPT., BUSINESS WEEK
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