Custom training at your facility?
When you’ve got a single new hire, it’s an easy decision to pack them up and send them off to training as part of their onboarding with your team…but what if you have multiple new employees or an entire team that needs new or refresher training? Whether you’ve brought on new technicians through mergers and acquisitions, you’re expanding your workforce for your current operation, or just filling openings from attrition, the travel cost related to training multiple employees adds up in a hurry and can wipe out your training budget.
GCI on-site custom training programs can be a cost-effective means of providing measurement training for your team. Let’s take a look at the average cost of sending each employee to our training facility, and when it might make sense to start considering customized training to take place at your organization. We’ll walk you through typical expenses you’ll encounter when sending employees to training, and what it would cost compared to having us come to you.
The Cost of Sending Employees to Training
It’s important to consider the total costs associated with sending an employee away to attend training. Travel expenses and course registration aren’t the only financial impacts to keep in mind.
Expenses Associated with Traditional Training:
- Registration fees
- Mileage to/from the airport
- Airport parking
- Paid travel time
- OT needed to cover the duties of employees in training
When your technicians travel to a training location, it is not just the cost of the training class, meals, and lodging. Your hourly employees will be paid for their travel time, so let’s estimate approximately $45/hour for the employee to travel to/from Houston, where CGI hosts our scheduled public training courses. (The numbers below are based on the real cost per hour of “Work time” of a $64,000/year employee after you adjust for holidays and vacation, then include payroll overhead expenses.)
Regardless of where your employee trains, he\she will be unavailable for their normal work during the hours sitting in class are the same. If training is held at your facility, this is the only time they are off work, and they are potentially available to address issues before or after class each day. When they travel out of town, they are unavailable from the time they leave until they get back. This increases the potential for overtime expenses to cover critical tasks and creates a greater disruption for the members of the team that are trying to fill in. So, two additional days of being unavailable presents an even higher cost.
Let’s look at a 3 1/2 day course – For Example: Gas Measurement Fundamentals and EFM Best Practices
The cost of sending your employees to our Houston training center for a 3 ½ day class:
- Hotel 4 nights – $640
- Flight – $400 – $950
- Rental Car – $380
- Meals – $350
- Registration – $1,600
- Airport Parking – $87
- Paid Travel Time – $585 – $935
Depending on the flight costs and paid travel time variations, you can expect to spend somewhere between $3,995 – $4,895 for a single employee’s training.
The Cost for Training Multiple Employees (assuming every 4 employees share a rental car):
- 4 employees – $11.495 – $17,730
- 8 employees – $29,915 – $35,460
When you start considering sending multiple team members to training, our customized training becomes a viable option.
Cost Comparison of On-Site Custom Training
In comparison – let’s take a look at the typical cost of customized, on-site training that takes place at your facility.
Using the same course from the individual example, the Gas Measurement Fundamentals and EFM Best Practices training, the cost of GCI coming to your facility for training typically falls between $22,000 to $24,000.
Ultimately, your organization would break even on cost when training around 6 employees. The savings really add up when you’re considering training more than 7-8 people.
Additional Benefits of Custom On-Site Training
Cost savings are just one of the benefits of having our trainers conduct the course at your location.
On-site training sessions tend to include a more open discussion of specific measurement problems or considerations unique to your organization. This level of specificity around measurement concerns isn’t something we can provide in our public training courses online or in Houston – there are often limits on what employees can (and should) raise for discussion in a class with students from other companies. When it’s only your company attending the training course, we’ll be able to address specific examples that your team has encountered instead of speaking more generally about common issues or questions.
Additionally, training at your facility can eliminate other constraints that arise when you’ve got multiple team members that need to attend a course. Most organizations will stagger their employee attendance to training to minimize operational interruptions. This delayed scheduling adds time and additional cost to an already lengthy process.
GCI can help you train your team faster – getting your team certified and ready to work all at once.
Let’s Get Started Building Your Custom Training
GCI on-site training can provide a cost-effective measurement training alternative when you have multiple employees to train. Our instructors bring decades of experience to your location, with the same great measurement curriculums used in our scheduled Houston classes. We can also build customized on-site training to meet your unique needs.
– Contact us now and we can get started building you a customized quote for hosting one of our training courses at your facility. Contact GCI today at 281-598-7200 to speak with our team. We look forward to helping you increase measurement proficiency in your company with our on-site training options.