For years, renowned associations such as Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD which is the American Society for Training and Development), has been conducting Train-The-Trainer Programmes, which are essentially 3-days workshops.
There has been much literature (especially on the internet) touting the benefits of Train-The-Trainer Programme for profits & non-profits alike.
I have observed Train-the-trainer programmes for some time and a number of them has difficulty coming close to accomplishing what they were designed to do – develop better trainers.
In this article, I’ll share what I believe, is the Number 1 reason why Train-The-Trainer Programme don’t do as well as we expect them to.
I will also share 5 items to focus on so that your TTT Programme has a higher likelihood of achieving what it was designed to do – develop Better Trainers!
First, the Number 1 reason is: we only train Trainers, we don’t do enough to develop Trainers!
The terms ‘Train’ & ’Develop’ have somewhat become interchangeable when they clearly shouldn’t be.
While this article might come across as a broad, sweeping statement, in my experience having trained nearly a thousand trainers, what I share, is largely true.
My contention with just training is it assumes a need for indoctrination of methods, techniques & processes.
Furthermore, it presumes that the presented methods, techniques & processes are the right approaches to take towards training others.
And very often, training is mostly driven by past experiences, rather than by future needs.
Next, the following 5 items highlight distinctions between training & development:
- Training in TTT Programme, is centred on teaching methods, facilitation techniques & processes whereas Development focuses more on the Trainer himself or herself.
- Training focuses on the present while Development takes the future into consideration.
- Training for the most part, forces the Trainer to comply with standards where Development serves to maximise potential of the Trainer.
- Training Indoctrinates – Development Educates.
- Training often dishes out templates for the Trainers whereas Development frees Trainers from templated solutions.
If you’re looking at increasing the likelihood of churning out trainers fixed in their ways – train them.
If you’re seeking higher chances of giving rise to innovative trainers – Develop Them!