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Special Report--ENTERPRISE: Management: Retooling
TABLE: A Road Map To High-Tech Training
SOURCE ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
National training Trainers have broad Can be very expensive
experience with a wide and may not be tailored
audience and tend to be enough to your business'
up-to-date. or employees' needs.
Local training Cost will tend to be lower Courses may not be
or trade schools than for national training sophisticated enough for
companies. your needs.
Community A linchpin of the nation's Courses may not be held at
colleges training systems. convenient times.
A wide variety of programs Courses sometimes too
so you'll find what you academic.
Trade or Training is usually Not all groups offer
professional specifically related training sessions.
organization to the business.
Local Programs speak to local Programs may be too
organizations, concerns. general or may be
like the Chamber peripheral to your
of Commerce business.
Unions Programs are developed for Usually available
specific groups of workers. only to union members.
Programs are usually
convenient to attend.
Mentors or Allows a designated em- Expensive to put someone
coaches ployee to focus on on your payroll or free
them from worker train-
ing. their normal duties.
Multimedia Allows people to learn at Technology isn't always the
their desks and at their best teacher. Can be
own pace. expensive.
Vendors and Immediate help with new Trainers may not know your
suppliers product. Often comes as business and are limited
part of package. in linking their products
to other systems.
Government- Commerce Dept. sponsors May not be located in your
sponsored economic extension programs around area. May be too focused on
development the country. Many states industrial production.
centers run their own programs.
DATA: EDUCATION DEPT., LABOR DEPT., BUSINESS WEEK