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Why Do Companies In Singapore Need To Train The Trainer? 

In the business world, trainers are people who can take employees and companies to the next level by delivering training sessions and workshops. Despite their value, a lot of trainers don’t function to the best of their capabilities. This is where train the trainer comes in handy. In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into train the trainer courses before focusing on why companies in Singapore can benefit from these programs.

What Is Train The Trainer?

While somewhat self-explanatory, train the trainer refers to improving the skills of trainers. As mentioned in the introduction, trainers are people who deliver training sessions and workshops to companies and their employees. 

What’s vital during these sessions is that trainers share knowledge in a way that can be retained over time. In order to do that, trainers need to understand how people learn.

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What's train the trainer?

How Do People Learn? 

For one, it’s useful to know Neil Fleming’s VARK model. Developed in 1987, it identifies the 4 main ways in which people learn. These are:

  • Visual (images, movies, charts)
  • Auditory (music, debates, lectures)
  • Reading and writing (books, essays, note taking)
  • Kinesthetic (learn by doing, movement based, hands-on)

While the VARK model is a useful foundation for understanding learning styles, it’s important to note that some people choose to split these further. On top of that, most people don’t learn with just one learning style, it tends to be a combination of two or more

Having said that, according to VARK research, 87% have some Kinesthetic included as part of their preference, 59% have some Auditory, and less than half have some Visual (48%) or Read/write (45%) included in their preference. 

How Do People Remember? 

Understanding how people learn provides a direct look into how people remember what they learn. Seeing as Kinesthetic learning styles are so popular, effective training should include some form of hands-on learning. Train the trainer can teach you how to do this.

What Are The Benefits Of Train The Trainer?

Speed Up Learning

Train the trainer sessions teach you how people learn and retain information. This is important because it speeds up the learning process

As a simple thought experiment, imagine you’re being taught sales skills through a series of slides on a Powerpoint presentation. By the end of it, how much of that knowledge do you think you’ve understood and remembered? 

By contrast, imagine you’re taught sales skills through a few slide decks, role-playing, and discussions about sales best practices? Now how much do you think you’ve understood and remembered? 

Spread Knowledge Easier

Not only do train the trainer sessions speed up learning, they also spread knowledge easier. This is because when trainers understand how to teach, those who are taught have a deeper understanding of a piece of information that they can then pass onto others. 

This is when learning is at its most productive and effective. Trainers do not have to be specialists or experts. In the best case scenario, multiple individuals in an organization can be teachers. 

Gain A Competitive Edge

Finally, with effective train the trainer programs, a company can start getting an edge over competitors. A byproduct of the fact that learning is sped up and knowledge is much more easily spread, now you have a workplace that thrives on productive training programs.

How Do I Structure Train The Trainer Programs?

Before getting into the actual train the train program, there are two key elements I always address.

  1. First I make sure trainees understand why they’re there in the first place. Essentially, I need to create a desire to learn. Without such a desire, no matter how good a trainer is, these programs will be a waste of time. In order to create a desire, I have to create pain. By pain I mean identifying areas where trainees see deficiencies in their skillset that they can then improve through a program. While pushback can occur when trying to identify pain points, it’s paramount you never argue and establish what is actually going on that is causing the pain. Asking the right questions will help you deal with pushback. 
  2. Second, I need to build trust to ensure that participants understand that the training program will be sufficient for them to overcome their pain and challenges. Without trust, train the trainer programs aren’t as effective because trainees don’t feel like they can make mistakes as they learn. Trust also extends to trust in what you’re learning and the belief that it can help you. 

Learn How To Build Training Materials

The first portion of what actually happens in my train the trainer programs is learning how to build training materials. This involves using the ADDIE model. This stands for analysis, design, development, integration, and evaluation. By following this model, it’s possible to provide trainers with a foundation for building training materials in the future. 

In addition to the ADDIE model, I also teach training models from the Dutch “Schoolvoortraining”, where we bring people’s incremental learning steps into the setup of the course. This allows participants to learn the skills in bite sized steps, and allows for them to retain and increase their motivation when learning the skills. This skill is key to build great training materials.

Learn How To Deliver Training 

At this stage, we can start to look at how trainers actually deliver their training sessions. This involves asking questions like how do you engage with people, how are your presentation skills, and how do you provide feedback? 

These questions offer a glimpse into your current abilities as a trainer and pain points that need to be addressed in order to grow

Reframe Your Training Mindset

Lastly, it’s vital to reframe your training mindset. I do this because I’ve noticed through my own train the trainer sessions that many unsuccessful trainers focus on what they’re teaching rather than who

I believe the best trainers are those who love to help people, which is why having this mindset shift is beneficial to your development as a trainer. 

→ Depending on the needs of the company or individual, train the trainer sessions can last anywhere from 2 days to 6 months.

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Do Companies In Singapore Need Train The Trainer? 

Singapore is a fantastic place for training for a few reasons. For one, the country and its people recognize how much and how quickly the world changes nowadays, bringing about a need for constant development.  

This explains why the government launched MySkillsFuture. A one-stop portal for Singaporeans to upskill, MySkillsFuture offers over 20,000 courses. Various initiatives are in place to ensure courses are available to all citizens, such as one where those aged 25 and above receive an opening credit of $500 to spend on courses of their choosing.

Platforms like MySkillsFuture demonstrate how much emphasis Singaporeans put on continued learning. By implementing train the trainer courses, this can be taken to the next level. 

Evaluating Training In Singapore

Where train the trainer also benefits the workforce in Singapore is the fact that not only does it help train the workforce, it also helps people better evaluate training!

This is because train the trainer doesn’t end after training. It continues through constant evaluation of those who were trained and ensuring they use and retain what they learned. Doing this makes trainers feel cared for, and those who feel cared for are more motivated to work. Ultimately, this leads to better retention of employees in a company because they feel like their company values them. 

How Can I Help?

With 20 years experience, including impactful roles at Google and Apple, I, Thijs van Loon, am here to help. My suite of services has been meticulously designed to propel your team to new heights. 

One area of expertise is in Professional Skills Development, which can cover anything from sales training, team management, and train the trainer. 

By leveraging training certifications from Google and Apple, in addition to my certifications in NLP and Psych-K, I offer tailored, practical solutions that deliver immediate results to your business. By working together, I can help you empower the individuals in your company and your business at large, whether in Vietnam or other locations in Southeast Asia. 

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