Most great companies will offer some sort of training program. Whether that's a little bit of free time for self-directed training or the company pays for you to attend a class or conference, this training can take on many forms--but it's not for everyone. I'd like to hear from you! What training programs have you seen from employers? Which ones worked? Why were they effective? What types of training do you like the most?
As you consider your answers to those questions, let me tell you a bit about the training program we've had at my current employer, MasterControl, in its current form. It's evolved a bit over the years and continues to evolve, but this is where we're at.
A few years ago we started formal, ongoing training. This takes a few forms. First, we have a biweekly meeting where we meet as a department to receive training. This training is provided by anyone in the department that wants to offer training and is coordinated with a small group of volunteers from the department that form the "training committee." These meetings can last up to 3 hours but they often last less than two. In addition to that, we encourage each employee to take up to 2 hours per week to train on whatever they'd like. From Pluralsight to books to tutorials and beyond. Finally, we also have a training budget where the company will pay for employees to attend conferences, take courses, get certifications, or whatever else they'd like to do for training.
All those things make up our ongoing training that we offer at MasterControl. It's an evolving program with some changes in the works right now. It's been moderately effective so far but we want to make it much better. Does your employer do similar things? What have you seen work well?