Frequently, an organization conducts training to implement new programs or change processes. Training is often distinguished from education in that while training prepares a person to perform tasks, improve behavior, or learns a skill, education improves the whole person, thus providing life skills and knowledge. In today’s business world, training can address the goals of education as well.
Although a variety of specific training programs can be designed or delivered, six common types of training initiatives targeted to certain types of training offered to individuals and organizations are:
- Knowledge and skill
- Career development
- Team development
- Organizational development
- Human resource development
- Performance improvement
This list is a training menu of design and delivery formats. The training format that trainers/instructional designers might choose for design and delivery will depend on the needs of their sponsors, specific organization, and individual employees.
These six types of training design and delivery formats provide the roadmap for developing the training content. Deciding on the most appropriate instructional philosophy is the next important step in your process. Two common instructional philosophies are: (1) learner-centered, and (2) instructor-directed.