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The Benefits of Outsourcing Training

Outsourcing at least parts of their training programs is nothing new for many training managers. Companies outsource the responsibility and accountability for their training function to an outside vendor, who then delivers it back in a cheaper, better, faster form. At least that's the way it's supposed to work.

Outsourced learning is often necessary for small organizations with scant training staff and resources. Major companies such as Boeing, however, are outsourcing more and more of their training programs as well. Recent research by industry analyst IDC shows that training tops the list of functions that corporate executives are now outsourcing - more so than sales, marketing, HR, finance and accounting.

Outsourcing is a big decision that is quite complex. What corporations are realizing today is that training and training management are not their core competencies and that they cannot do any of it at the level of quality and value that they need. Therefore, they have somebody else do it all for them. Outsourcing the back end of training - administration, transactional activities, training design and development, and technology, for example - occurs when training managers believe an outside vendor can provide the service better and more cheaply, leaving internal staff to focus on meaningful training issues.


  • Hi,

    From the perspective of a company that develops customized, interactive multimedia eLearning products it is great to hear that both smaller and larger companies are outsourcing the development of their training materials. Having said, I would caution any prospective company who needs to select an eLearning vendor to approach the subject armed with at least a basic knowledge of the industry. A good place to start would be

    Keep up the good work.

    Best regards,

    Quintus Joubert.

    By Blogger Quintus Joubert, at 3:39 PM EDT  

  • Hello,
    I just wanted to add that I am starting to see acceptance to Learning outsourcing. Geolearning is doing a very good job in the government sector. My own organization, Gradepoint, Inc. has a few significant customers that have outsourced a significant part of their learning. Our major emphasis though is in the LIVE eLearning space. We are training hundreds of secondary school students in the UK via LIVE eLearning. Couple of links if you are interested:

    PS...I will add this blog to my Links.


    By Blogger Shail Arora, at 12:46 AM EDT  

  • Hello Quintus and Shail ~ Thank you both for reading my blog and writing to share your experiences with all of us. It is always nice to hear from others who are working hard in the same rewarding industry. ~ Jenna

    By Blogger Jenna Sweeney, at 5:21 PM EDT  

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