Corporate training is a means of ensuring that employees improve skills and enhance performance by focusing on professional development. Employers utilize training to acclimate new employees, teach current employees new skills for the same job, and to advance employees into jobs requiring different skill sets. Training could be specific to a company or it could be general. Many corporations have entire departments devoted to training and development of their employees with in-house instructors, training specialists, and technical writers who create instructional manuals specific to a particular corporation. Many corporations consider it key to provide training and development so that employees can compete on their behalf in ever-changing markets.
One area of corporate training found at almost every company is computer training. Technology demands employees stay abreast of software changes and advancements, and computer software programs change frequently. Training is often provided on general business software such as Microsoft® Office as well as software specific to a company. Internal computer programs at large corporations are sometimes developed by on site computer programmers, and this means every time there are changes to a program, employees must go through additional corporate training to learn how to maneuver through new features and functions. Computer training may be offered within a company, or employers may send workers to off-site computer training centers or pay for online training.
Leadership training is another popular area of corporate training. Companies need strong leaders and by offering courses and training workshops to current employees, they are able to build strong teams within an organization. Leadership training may include areas such as how to manage a meeting, how to give presentations, or how to influence and inspire staff. Leadership training is a great way for employees to advance to management positions and break out of entry level roles in a company. Some corporations may require leadership training prior to promoting employees to more advanced positions.
Other areas of corporate training include sales, time management, organization, communication, customer service, diversity, and interpersonal skills. Corporate training varies by company and is largely dependent on the area of industry involved. Obviously, technical companies will generally offer more computer and technical training, and companies in areas such as retail will offer more training in customer service and sales. Companies without an internal training department often hire specialists to give seminars and training courses to employees on-site, and many companies utilize online training options for employees as well.