Why it is Important
Pre-employment training is important for both businesses (especially in industries with high churn rates or increased and unpredictable hiring demands) and for job seeking individuals that might be lacking in specific skills for the roles that they are looking to be hired for.
Benefits of doing it
Pre-employment training is a more organized way to siphon in new employees to cater to a company's needs. It helps companies to discover and prepare potential employees with just the right set of skills and knowledge that they need to begin working productively.
Firstly, the training program is designed around the core competencies required by a company (or industry, in the case of training programs run by third parties) and as such, attracts people specifically looking for these jobs.
Requiring potential hires to complete the program successfully helps weed out candidates that lack the desired determination, did not exhibit enough commitment in their training or have been proven problematic in other ways (e.g. decreased capacity for team work, etc.).
As the program can be designed specifically around concrete business needs and workflows (opposed to being a generic learning course), employers can monitor and asses the behavior, skills and success of the candidates at every stage of the process and on specific issues and steps that matter to the company.
By the end of this process, company recruiters have the information that they need to classify potential hires based on their aptitude and training performance, sorting out those that don't meet their expectations.
This not only saves your HR team time from interviewing and considering sub-par candidates, but also allows them to spend more time with the qualified candidates.
How it can be applied to your company
While there are no hard and fast rules for creating a pre-employment training program, the typical procedure would involve a period of analysis whereby company executives and HR teams try to determine what positions are needed by the company (and in what numbers) and what kinds of skills and workflows are needed for each job. The next step would be to determine some selection criteria for successful candidates to make it to the next stage (either hiring or further interview with HR, etc.).
Most pre-employment programs focus on positions for which potential hires can be prepared in a short-term training period (e.g. a couple of weeks), and finish with testing whose purpose is to determine the progress, suitability (and desirability) of the candidate.
As was already mentioned, there are two major ways that companies can take advantage of pre-employment training.
The first option would be to collaborate with a third-party eLearning provider that specializes in pre-employment training, work with them to establish your particular needs and training curriculum and have them serve as the entry point for potential hires. Under this scenario, the training provider could serve you exclusively (under some specific agreement), or could also run its program targeting the wider industry/sector that you operate in.
The second option would be to directly handle pre-employment training as a company-run program, using some eLearning management platform such us TalentLMS. This latter option gives you the ultimate control over the contents, extent and quality of the pre-employment training program, and let's you incorporate real-life workflows from your company, and generally allows your HR team to directly and closely monitor the performance of potential hires.
How TalentLMS can help
Some features that will help you facilitate Pre-Employment Training
Αs a Cloud-based platform, TalentLMS frees you from worrying about installations, maintenance, or backups, letting you focus on how to best run your pre-employment and corporate training programs.