If you were given the choice between two pilots, one trained and one not, which would you choose?
The same concept can be applied to agriculture. Take spraying for example, a trained operator or a non-trained operator? When weighing up the pros and cons, it is easy to see how trained will win every time.
So why is training such an unimportant event in the farm calendar?
Don’t get me wrong, training does come at a cost (including time, money or resources).
However, not training your employees comes at a larger cost (for example, damage to equipment by the untrained operator).
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the concept of ‘training’, but for me ‘training’ can include most things. Whether ‘on-the-job’, ‘getting stuck in’ or a more formal process. It all has a value!
The most important things to remember are:
• Make a Plan
What do your employees need to know?
What do they want to know? (Don’t forget to consider their interests and expectations)
• Stick to the Plan
How and when are you going to complete the training?
Can you do this in-house or do you need to use external training providers?
• Review the Plan
Have you achieved what you set out to learn? What impact has it had on your employees and business? What do you need to do next?
For help creating or reviewing your training plans or completing in-house training,
contact Cari at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local FCG Office.