Issue: Community colleges provide high-quality employee training at a reasonable cost.
Benefit: Employees learn new skills and feel more loyal to your organization.
Action: Before contacting colleges, determine the goal, scope and budget for your needs.
Survey after survey shows that one of the most effective ways to retain good workers is to provide them with ample ways to learn new skills. But where can you turn for good, affordable employee training?
Savvy HR pros are partnering with local community colleges. Here are some reasons why:
Stability. Compared to private providers, community colleges are more likely to be around for a long time, and therefore, remain accessible to employees who want to continue training.
Scope and capacity. Few in-house training efforts can duplicate the faculty and resources of a community college.
Academic credit. Perhaps the most obvious advantage of accredited institutions is that employees can work toward academic degrees or can at least earn specialty certificates.
Complementary services. In addition to training, most community colleges offer counseling, evaluation and testing.
Financial aid. Colleges often can help employers tap a variety of financial resources from the local, state and federal government.
Tip: If you work for a small company, consider forming an alliance with other employers to deliver enough students. If you do, the community college may be more likely to customize classes.