Four ways to get more out of your training and development programme

So you’ve invested a great deal of time and resource into your employee training and development programme, but you’re not yet seeing the benefits on your bottom line. What now?

A top-notch employee training and development programme can have numerous advantages for your business. These range from increased productivity to a safer working environment. But while the benefits are clear, it’s important to design an L&D strategy that’s right for your business in order to reap the rewards. Here are five ways you can get the most from your training programme.

Align training with your business goals

Does your employee training and development programme align with your business goals? If you have business objectives that are being compromised by a skills gap, there is a huge opportunity to repair that gap with training.

Similarly, consider whether the way your training is delivered feeds into your company values. Is it inclusive? Is it tailored to your organisational culture? Does it take into account the needs of all your employees, as well as customers and stakeholders?


As technology plays an increasing role in all of our lives, there are a growing number of opportunities for employers to use technology in staff training. Most companies use some form of learning tech to enhance their training, but many of them remain unclear on how to drive real results from it. The key is not to use technology for technology’s sake. It’s all about finding out whether your employees have unmet training needs that technology could help you address.

But innovation isn’t just about technology, it’s also about understanding your employees and finding new ways to adapt to their requirements. For example, a Learner Landscape study by Towards Maturity found that 68% of employees want to be able to learn on the go, and 94% want to be able to learn at their own pace.

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Set learning goals

In their study, Towards Maturity also found that companies with high-performing learning programmes are 10 times more likely than low-performing companies to use learning analytics. The first step is to define what success means, and then set KPIs to measure these successes.

What defines success will vary from business to business, but possible measures include how well training has been understood, how the learnings have been applied at work and whether business performance improves following training.

Identifying what works – and what doesn’t work – will be gold dust when it comes to reviewing and improving your employee training and development offering.

Find a trusted training provider

A really good training provider will work with you to understand your organisation, your employees and your business goals when it comes to both mandatory staff training and more specialised courses. Here at Knight’s, we do just that. We offer one-off courses through to complete learning programmes, and our course delivery is tailored to your needs. Explore our range of courses here. Alternatively, get in touch with us via the form below, or call 0207 112 8412, and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

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Four Seasons Healthcare Group

We had an urgent need to provide training in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) across our business as a result of the challenges experienced during the first critical months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Knights Absorb worked with us to define a training solution that could be delivered in a ‘Covid-Safe’ manner that would enable us to reach our teams at our target sites within a tight time frame. They trained 277 of our team members across a 6 week period, providing the reassurance we needed to keep our teams and residents safe as well ensuring we were meeting regulatory requirements. The trainers were professional and sensitive to the needs of our homes at all times, and the feedback from everyone who attended the training has been fantastic.

United Response

Knights are now our preferred provider. The quality of training that Knights provides is exceptional. When it comes to Customer Service, Knights excel, in the many years of partnering with multiple companies, Knights are head and shoulders above the rest. Never phased by challenges that clients provide, Knights naturally deal with the issues, assess the need and make the correct decision for the customer. This is not to say they bend over or wilt when challenged, quite the opposite, they seem to scope issues and resolve them efficiently, a customer service ethic that is quite rare. Keep up the good work guys, it is noticed and appreciated.


Knights don’t use generic trainers but find the best trainer for the course and client. The trainers are specialists in their fields and have practitioner experience which I feel is always important when delivering to staff. Trainers discuss our needs before attending training and revise training to meet specific needs.


Knights have personalised courses to meet our learning and development needs. As predominately a learning disability/Autism provider we require trainers and courses that reflect these specific needs and Knights have delivered on this. All courses have met our requirements fully

Modus Care

Knights Training are an organisation that are easy to work with, reliable, operate a competitive straight forward pricing structure, offer an impressive range of courses and employ good quality trainers who have expert subject knowledge, certainly an organisation that I would recommend.