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What is Workforce Development? 

Workforce development refers to training that is designed to produce better prepared workers with the goal of meeting organizational needs. Workforce development can range in topics depending on the organization and their goals. It is beneficial for both employees and employers as it gives employers a chance to communicate their needs and gives employees the opportunity to develop new skills that will lead to career development opportunities. 

Workforce development also refers to providing training that can help individuals learn the skills needed to enter the workforce as valuable and competent employees. This usually includes planned training and education along with employment support services. 

Workforce Development Courses

There are variety of workforce development courses available for leaders and people of power who want to learn how to coach, engage and empower their employees. There are also courses available for individuals who want to gain specific skills for personal development. 

Some of the topics covered in workforce development courses are: 

  • Employee development
  • Learning how to coach
  • Developing mindfulness
  • Developing emotional intelligence
  • Building strong relationships
  • Hiring and recruiting
  • Stress management

Course Formats

Workforce development courses come in a variety of formats. There are many courses available in that are delivered in a traditional classroom setting. These courses are delivered in multiple locations and are great for individuals who enjoy hands on learning with other people. For companies who want to train multiple employees at one time there are onsite / company specific courses.

There are also a variety of courses available in an online format. These are very popular for professionals who work a full time job because it gives them the flexibility to participate and review course material when it is most convenient for them. 

Who Could Benefit from a Workforce Development Course?

Those directly involved in the recruitment, training, development and retention of staff will benefit from taking workforce development courses.They can also be taken by leaders who want to coach their staff as well as anyone interested in developing their people and training management skills.

Suitable candidates include:

  • Human Resource Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Career Coaches
  • Project Managers
  • Teachers
  • Workplace Mentors
  • Presidents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Business Owners
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors

Through workforce development courses, HR managers and those involved in the training of staff can learn how to build effective strategies to encourage learning and development within the workplace. Whether that is creating opportunities for engaging in-house training, external professional development or enabling self-learning and motivation, workforce development courses can provide participants with the knowledge of best training and development practices that they can utilize within their own organization. This can contribute to a positive working environment where employees are passionate about their work so they and the company can grow as a whole. 

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