Rolling out new software can be a complex process that consumes inordinate amounts of time, financial resources, and labor. Using the “Train the Trainer” method, you can streamline the process, minimize loss, and roll out a new system more smoothly. Here are a few tips for applying Train the Trainer to your implementation program.
Aim for Adequate Funding
Business finance departments are often hesitant to invest in training programs that are on the higher end of the spectrum, even if it’s necessary. However, proper employee training pays off. When training is effective, it reduces lengthy learning curves and streamlines costly bouts of misused or mismanaged time. Businesses will notice increased productivity as their staff makes more efficient use of new software and apps, creating a return on the initial financial investment. Get your team on board by referencing case studies that demonstrate the need for extensive training and prove how your company will benefit. If you have to settle for a smaller budget, opt for a longer training period to ensure comprehension and proficiency.
Train Your Instructors
This is where “Train the Trainer” really comes into play. Instructor-led training (ILT) is recommended for the successful roll-out of new software. By separating your staff into small groups and scheduling a structured training program, the process can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. Choosing your instructor, though, can prove a difficult task. It’s important to remember that just because someone excels in their position doesn’t mean they possess the skills required to teach someone else. By first training your trainers on how to communicate this information to other employees, they can become more effective instructors.
Start With Eager Employees
Certain employees are better suited to adapt to new software than others. Those who are eager to learn and take on new challenges should be your first selections for the training program since they’re less likely to be perturbed by beta software bugs and more likely to offer constructive feedback. This can help make the job easier for your trainers, too, who may find it easier to work with a group that’s ready to learn. As the software is implemented in stages and an efficient procedural plan is formulated, your test group will likely be eager to encourage other staff members in adopting the new system.
Updating software is a critical aspect of maintaining efficient business processes, but the training and implementation procedure can be difficult. Through the Train the Trainer method, you can more effectively reach your goals with a new software roll-out. For more information on custom software solutions, contact Susco at (504) 264-9343.