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12 February 2018

The importance of professional training for industrial supply distributors

No matter what field you have dedicated yourself to, it suffices to say that training is a must, particularly when it comes to the world of industrial supply distribution. Industrial supply distribution is one of those fields that requires a lot of training and development in order to guarantee success. So, let’s chat a little bit about why professional training is so important.

To get us started, let’s have a little look at the importance of training for your business.

  • Training offers you the opportunity to choose what skills your workforce will gain and therefore, gives you more control over them. You can also focus on the target skills that will meet the needs of your operation today and in the future.
  • If you train your staff well, then it can result in better customer service, better safety practices and improvements in productivity.
  • It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them as training can often be a rather costly expense. This will improve loyalty and make for an overall happier workplace.


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Okay, now we know what it gives to you, let’s talk about why professional training is so important for workers? What does it give them?

  • Training offers workers the opportunity to acquire new skills, increase their contribution to the business and build their self-esteem.
  • With training, workers feel more valued. They see that you have taken the time to invest in them and therefore, are more likely to stick with the company (this is a huge advantage for you!).
  • Workers, who are trained, are what we call ‘upskilled’ and therefore, can do new and different tasks which keeps them motivated and fresh.
  • If they are trained, they are kept up-to-date with the latest techniques and technologies!

Now, those are the basics so let’s talk a little more in depth about some of the most important benefits of professional training for industrial supply distributors!

You will be able to address any weaknesses

It’s just a fact of life that most employees will have some weaknesses in their workplace skills. Training is one way to help address these weaknesses as it allows you to strengthen those skills that each employee needs to improve. Through training, all workers are brought up to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge across the board. It really helps to reduce any potential weak links and encourage those who rely heavily on others to complete basic work tasks! If you provide the necessary training to you workers, you will create a workforce that has great knowledge who can work together or independently without the constant need of help and supervision.

It will improve the overall performance of your workforce

With the appropriate training, employees are more able to carry out their tasks! They become aware of safety practices and proper procedures for basic tasks. The training may build the worker’s confidence because he/she has a better understanding of the industry itself and the responsibilities that her job requires. This confidence will help them to perform better and could even help them to think of new ideas! Continuous, professional training also keeps your employees up to date on the cutting-edge developments in the industrial supply industry!

It helps to improve consistency

Ensuring that you have a structured training (and even development) program helps to ensure that employees have consistent experience and background knowledge. Consistency is very important for the company’s basic policies and procedures. All employees must be aware of the expectations and procedures within the company! Putting all workers through regular training helps them to keep informed and up-to-date.

Remember that employee satisfaction is key

Employees with access to training and development have a great advantage over other employees in other companies and fields who are left to seek out training opportunities on their own. The investment in training that has to be made by the company shows employees that they are valued! The training creates a supportive environment. Workers may gain access to training that they wouldn’t have otherwise known about or sought out themselves. Employees who feel that they are appreciated and challenged through training opportunities may feel more satisfied with their jobs!

Well, that’s why professional training is so important when it comes to industrial supply distributors!


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