Private training is a very popular option among our clients. In fact, we teach many more of our customized, private courses than public courses. A private course offers many advantages:
If you need to train more than 6 of your staff, then the overall training cost is substantially lower for a private course, especially when the travel cost of students is taken into account (private courses are priced per day instead of per student, with recommended maximums per class). The course can be tailored to your schedule, provided at one or more of your locations, and combined with other topics. Multiple course discounts are also available.
- Larger Class Size
For company-specific courses, it is usually easier to communicate the course subject to a larger group of people at the same time. Managers and others can observe (attend) key instructional portions of a course without hindering the learning process of the students. Many companies see this bonus training as a pivotal factor in choosing a private offering of a course.
- Custom Training Plan
We will customize the training plan for a private course to meet your staff’s needs. Typical customizations include:
- Adding materials specific to your companies internal programs, including adding sections that you want someone in your company to present
- Adjusting the overall course length and relative emphasis on each topic to meet your specific needs
- Skipping sections in our standard course that you do not feel are relevant
Because of our wide selection of pre-planned options for each standard course, there is usually no extra charge for customization. Highly customized or completely new courses can also be developed for a negotiable fee. To get a better idea of the type of customized, private training PII provides, visit our Customized Course Options page.
The most common customization option in private courses is to use your processes and procedures in the workshops, examples, and exercises. To accomplish this usually takes a few extra weeks of planning and coordination, but usually is no extra cost. In several cases, we have worked with a client for a few months to develop a company-specific exercise (such as a large case study for incident investigation training); but most clients find our generic examples, exercises, and case studies to be fine for their training needs.
Since the attendees in your private course will only be from your company, they can freely discuss your company’s unique problems. This can result in a great deal more interaction of issues important to your company, compared to attending a public course offering. (The PII instructor will sign an appropriate secrecy agreement if necessary.)
Another good reason to have private training is to keep our instructor around for a few more days or a couple of more weeks to coach your students through their first implementation in “real time” of what they have learned. We all know that classroom training has limitations; the on-the-job that our instructors can provide overcomes these limitations. And with proper coordination, the coaching phase of the training can be combined within the same roundtrip, thereby saving you additional travel expenses.