Oracle Training Courses for Developers and DBAs
Oracle training can
be expensive - there's the cost of the course itself, the opportunity
cost of not spending time on other things and possibly the cost of
accommodation and/or travel. So if you're spending all that
money or having to justify the cost to your boss you need to ensure
you're getting optimal value and that there's a return on the
Does attending an Oracle training coure provide a return? Many studies
(including from Austrlia's National Centre for Vocational Education
Research (NCVER)) have established that an individual’s productivity
levels can increase by eight per cent or more if he or she can apply
the training to his/her role. An eight per cent increase in
productivity may sound very modest but this is equivalent to an extra
160 hours (i.e. 20 days) of work per year!
How do you ensure you're optimising the value of your Oracle training?
Let's ask the British Computer Society. An article
published on the BCS web site in April 2011 provided the following tips:
- Align training with business goals - "If a
training project is to be successful, then it should be tied to
specific business goals." You do this by identifying goals for the next
one, two, five and ten years, then identifying the skills you need and
comparing them with the skills you have to identify skills shortages
and therefore the training required.
- Outline expectations from the outset - "provide a step-by-step personal development plan that includes measurable and quantifiable objectives."
- Discuss how the skills will be used - "By
engaging staff in a discussion at an early stage, they can understand
the relevance, importance and practicalities of the course to their
- Find the right training mix -
Classroom-based, instructor-led training has the benefit of offering
hands-on training, whereas on-line training can be a lot cheaper. But
beware as Karen Gardner in her article entitled "From Ugly Babies to Presentation Hell: 7 Solutions for Workforce Training" "E-learning can't be good. fast and cheap - good online training takes time to develop and costs time and money". She goes on to say that "Slapping a shell or narration around a Powerpoint presentation is like putting lipstick on the proverbial pig". In other words, you should expect to pay for good quality on-line training.
- Measure, measure and measure - "Once a
course has been completed, it is vital to measure employees’ initial
reaction, satisfaction and planned action derived from a learning
intervention" and teh BCS article continues that "By gathering
data on how employees are using their new-found skills, companies will
be well placed to spot future skills gaps, while ensuring that staff
are applying their skills to their roles."
The BCS article concludes "... the benefits are clear: a motivated and productive workforce, lower training costs and increased profits
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