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The Top 5 Benefits of Cascade Training

Cascade Training, commonly known as “Train the Trainer” is a cost effective way for businesses to roll out training throughout departments, specialties, or the entire company.

Søren Vasø Hansen

Søren Vasø Hansen

It is a widely accepted psychological determination that how well students learn depends on the degree of satisfaction that both teachers and students take in the learning process. Those who feel fulfilled learn faster and retain information better. Once the initial trainees become the trainers, they add the local company knowledge to the material, navigate company culture, and better relate to the employees they are teaching. Knowledge is transferred internally, so there is room for follow-up after the initial training to tackle any unexpected questions or troubleshoot any problems. Cascade training guarantees there will always be a competent subject matter expert in-house.

Cascade Training, commonly known as “Train the Trainer” is a cost effective way for businesses to roll out training throughout departments, specialties, or the entire company. In a traditional Train the Trainer model, a subject matter expert—typically an external consultant—trains a group of company leaders and teaches them how to best train others in that subject.

In turn, these initial trainees then train a larger group of employees, who then may train another group themselves, and so on. In this way, subject matter knowledge—be it a new enterprise software system, new sales program, or updated compliance policy—is cascaded down throughout the organization.

There are a number of benefits of the Train the Trainer method. Companies around the world are eschewing traditional, singular eLearning and classroom initiatives for a cascaded approach to learning, often opting for a blended learning program that combines consultation with a modern online platform.

Benefits of training the trainer

1. Cost effectiveness

Cascade training drastically cuts down on the upfront costs of training. The billable time of external consultants is limited to one or two days before being handed over to internal teams. Because the majority of the training is managed internally, it is easier to accommodate employee schedules and minimize business disruption. In-house training also eliminates travel costs for employees who would otherwise go off site for training.

2. Rapid dissemination of knowledge

Cascade training maximizes the efficiency of the entire training process. Organizations can quickly build up teams of trainers. Knowledge trickles down the organizational ladder quickly and training sessions and follow-ups can be scheduled at any time. Participants of cascade training typically learn faster and retain information better than in other training methods.

3. Increased satisfaction

Participants of cascade training programs consistently report higher levels of satisfaction than those in other training methods. The curriculum in a cascaded training program is more likely to be specifically tailored to employee needs and company culture. Because the trainer is an internal manager or team member, trainees feel a greater sense of ownership, which increases attention and participation.

4. Improved skill retention rates

It is a widely accepted psychological determination that how well students learn depends on the degree of satisfaction that both teachers and students take in the learning process. Those who feel fulfilled learn faster and retain information better. Once the initial trainees become the trainers, they add the local company knowledge to the material, navigate company culture, and better relate to the employees they are teaching. Knowledge is transferred internally, so there is room for follow-up after the initial training to tackle any unexpected questions or troubleshoot any problems. Cascade training guarantees there will always be a competent subject matter expert in-house.

5. Improved leadership and communication skills

A positive byproduct of a cascaded Train the Trainer technique is that the leadership and communication skills of trainers are sharpened. Perhaps internal trainers are managers used to dealing with their own team and are now challenged to train an entire department. Training takes preparation and practice. Leaders are pushed to think outside the box and work with subject matter typically outside their daily purvey. This new role builds self-confidence and demonstrates value.

The right training fit for you

The upfront and implicit benefits of a cascade training method can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of your company’s training. There are in-person cascade training programs, eLearning programs, and a blended combination of the two that further optimize the program, quickly spread knowledge, foster team building, and guarantee follow up. The right combination for your company will make all the difference.

One of the fastest and most scalable approaches to cascade training is Challenge Based Learning. Learn more about why this learning platform is ideal for rolling out a Train the Trainer model or see it in action.

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