It is easy to overlook employee training. However, after spending a fair amount of money on employee onboarding, you want to ensure you are maximizing that investment by giving them the right training that will keep them around and updated on the current trends relevant to their jobs. Jason Hesse, a business expert, affirms that a typical business pays a wage of about £21,800 to an entry-level employee.


In addition to this, you have to take care of national insurance contributions, sickness absence, pension contribution, payroll, legal fees, etc. This shows how expensive it is to onboard an employee. So, from the many training models out there, which one fits your business?

Instructor-Led Training
This type of training is facilitated by a trainer either in a classroom or an online setting
(virtual instructor-led training). The learners and their trainers interact and discuss the content individually,
or in a group setting. Knowledgeable and experienced trainers can bring more of their mentoring and coaching skills to deliver training to employees. It is best suited for skills and concept training.

On-The-job Training
This is a one-on-one training conducted right at the job site. An experienced employee passes down his or her knowledge, skills, and competence to a less experienced employee so as to perform a specific task within the work environment. The trainer uses hands-on training with the support of a formal classroom setting. It is an effective way of improving the actual employee performance, since the learners perform specific job tasks relevant to their duties.

Mobile Learning
Mobile learning or M-learning is an educational system that offers a continuous access to the process of learning via a mobile device. Your employees can learn whenever and wherever they want. Because of the short attention span of mobile learners and the small size of mobile screens, micro-lessons in form of small bite-size chunks are preferred. Interactive elements, such as charts, images, good typography, and short videos are also used to improve employees’ retention of information.


This is an educational system that follows formal teaching methods with the support of electronic resources. While learning can either be in or out of classrooms, eLearning depends majorly on the use of computers and the internet. This learning technique has been widely adopted by multinational corporations who train their employees across the globe. The employees acquire the required skills while having seminars or sitting in a boardroom. The trainer trains employees of different or the same organization wherever they are through the internet.

Blended Training
This is an educational system that combines the traditional classroom learning technique with online digital media. The physical presence of both the trainer and the learner is required. With this training method, you not only benefit from the synchronous learning methods, but you also get the opportunity to benefit from the “go-at-your-own-pace” learning techniques.

While each of the above learning techniques is valuable, it’s crucial to remember that their suitability is based on different corporate situations. However, you should set your training goals and the context of learning before choosing one over the other.