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The Power of Education

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EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR A WELL-TRAINED WORKFORCE

In today’s ever- changing marketplace, the importance of job training has never been greater. For employers, workforce training is an indispensable way to keep their organizations competitive.

According to experts, here are a few of the advantages of investing in workforce training and development:Most employees have some weaknesses in their workplace skills. A training program allows you to strengthen those skills that each employee needs to improve. A development program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge. This helps reduce any weak links within the company who rely heavily on others to complete basic work tasks.

Providing the necessary training creates an overall knowledgeable staff with employees who can take over for one another as needed, work on teams or work independently without constant help and supervision from others.

An employee who receives the necessary training is better able to perform his or her job. Continuous training also keeps your employees on the cutting edge of industry developments. Employees who are competent and on top of changing industry standards help your company hold a position as a leader and strong competitor within the industry.

A structured training and development program ensures that employees have a consistent experience and back- ground knowledge. The consistency is particularly relevant for the company’s basic policies and procedures. Putting all employees through regular training in these areas ensures that all staff members at least have exposure to the information.

Employees with access to training and development programs have the advantage over employees in other companies who are left to seek out training opportunities on their own. The investment in training that a company makes shows the employees they are valued. The training creates a supportive workplace.

Employees may gain access to training they wouldn’t have otherwise known about or sought out themselves. Employees who feel appreciated and challenged through training opportunities may feel more satisfaction toward their jobs.

In this edition of the MBA Business Magazine, we’ll highlight some of the educational resources that are available in the region, including the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). NPRC is a two-year, open enrollment college with a unique education model and programs that are making a major impact on the workforce development under way in nine northern Pennsylvania counties.

In addition, we’ll talk to Stacey Bruce, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, director of HR Services at the Manufacturer & Business Association, about one of the region’s most highly anticipated training events, the MBA’s 10th annual HR & Employment Law Conference on September 14 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie.

Plus, don’t miss our expert articles on back-to-school basics such as dental health and why legal training is vital for sales professionals.

The MBA has nationally and regionally recognized professional development training courses that also can help your teams excel. To learn more, visit mbausa.org!