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Training and Development: What Is It?

By Alicia Beharry
Published on June 10, 2021

It is very common for the term “Training and Development” to be used together and combined in the same category. Training and development do in fact make a great team, however, the two are not equal or even identical.

They should be considered as related, but still completely individual and unique. For your employees, the functionality of training and development is likely similar to your business’s ultimate health and growth. On the other hand, the methodology, purpose, and results of each vastly differ. So what are the differences? Let’s take a look.

Training and Development differences 

Training isDevelopment is
About learning something newAbout building on what we’ve learned
A short-term investment for the company’s benefitA long-term investment for the employees benefit
The employee investing in the companyThe company investing in the employee
For the current job at handFor future growth in the industry
A measurable commodity; a job you can or can’t doFuturistic, hard to evaluate
Necessary to get the job doneNecessary to get the job done better

Can training exist without development?

A business can choose to train their employees with no intent on fostering future growth. While employee development is not a requirement for the company to operate, it is certainly a wise choice for employee engagement.

Can development exist without training?

Most individuals can be trained to do a skill in their trade, but it is only with extensive training, experience, mentoring (development), that the same individual could become reputable in their field. The dynamic duo- “learning and development” go hand in hand. They are both vital to the short and long-term success of any business.

When training and development is done within your organization, it will conclusively prove to your employees that they are worth your investment and time. Implementing a learning management system (LMS) such as SkyPrep to help train and develop your employee’s skills can play a significant role in the strength of your team and the success of your business, short and long-term.  

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