The recession may have resulted in many companies gutting training budgets but organizations still have a number of cost-effective options to help their employee maintain and improve their skills.
Internal courses, project-specific training, mentoring and job shadowing program are in vogue in many Canadian, according to career and technology experts in the second installment of Microsoft’s Ignite Your Career Webcast series entitled: Internal or External Training – Know Your Options.
The series, presented in collaboration with IT World Canada, features industry specialists who provide insights into IT trends and developments.
“The truth is, training and travel budgets are one of the first items to get scrutinized when a company considers cost cutting measures,” said Maurizio Laudisa, CIO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, medical testing firm headquartered in Toronto.
The crunch, Laudisa said, results in curtailed external training opportunities for company employees.
Many individual IT professionals are “retooling and reengineering” their skills sets with certification training but Barry Gervin, founding partner of ObjectSharp a training and consulting firm based in Toronto sees a general downward shift in traditional training practices.
“Discretionary training budgets have dried up even if it’s something that a company can’t do without,” Gervin said.