The Importance of the Right Training Function Governance

Training Function Governance Matters

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Every training and development function has an implicit or explicit governance body of some sort – a person or group of people who make the decisions.  The decisions are not just about what kind of training and development will be offered, but also about how the work will be aligned with the organization’s strategy and culture.  Effective training function governance should help training add value to the organization by working directly with people who are empowered to provide the resources, direction and accountability the function needs to be successful.

The Importance of Governance
Training and development functions that have vaguely defined missions, overly broad charters or weak business support are rarely successful. Choosing a governing committee is often one of the first steps in building an effective leaning function. It is also a strategic decision with consequences that will affect how well you can execute your training strategy.

The Typical Role of the Governing Body
The governing body typically helps to set the direction for the training function, gives final approval for the strategic direction, evaluates success and helps to communicate its achievements internally and externally. Although the corporate training staff typically does not report to the governing body, the body does have direct influence on the function’s long-term success. Members should be dedicated to the direction of the training function, available for input and willing to champion key initiatives.

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