Corporate Training Outsourcing v. Insourcing


Given today’s increasingly complex work environment and intense competition across most every industry, the need for effective corporate training is at an all-time high. While there have always been numerous, well-known benefits in offering corporate training and employee development programs, the use of these initiatives to attract and retain top talent while ensuring your organization remains viable and competitive has elevated these programs from “beneficial” to “required”. Today, companies that invest in corporate training can expect:

  • Higher revenue on a per employee basis

  • An improved bottom line

  • Greater success in recruiting top talent

  • Decreased employee turnover

Despite these expected gains, many companies are struggling to find the best way to build and deliver effective corporate training, given the labor and financial constraints they must deal with in developing these programs.


Corporate Training Outsourcing

Corporate training outsourcing is a strategy for building and delivering corporate training through the use of a third-party company that offers expertise in the specific areas of training your company needs. Typically, training outsourcing companies manage your courses and content and provide the training process and associated services for overseeing the delivery of the program.


While corporate training outsourcing can be an ideal solution for some companies, many organizations will struggle with the expense as some third-party training companies charge hundreds (even thousands, in some cases) of dollars for a one-day program. And many executives are uncomfortable with the idea of not being in control of the training process, given that it is such a critical component to a company’s success these days.


Corporate Training Insourcing through eLearning

While most executives are familiar with the term “outsourcing” and the impact it can have on various areas of their organization. “Insourcing” is a term that is used less often but is growing in awareness. Through insourcing, your organization delegates a project to a person or department within your organization, rather than hire a third-party company. This approach leverages available resources within your organization to perform tasks and accomplish an objective.


As cloud-based technologies have continued to evolve, insourcing corporate training through the use of online learning, or “eLearning” has become an increasingly interesting and viable option for many companies. And leveraging a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) can provide a number of powerful benefits for these programs, including:

Minimal Up-Front Spend

Working with a cloud-based LMS allows you build and deliver your corporate training program without having to make a large, up-front spend on software, hardware or supporting infrastructure as all of this is offered by the cloud LMS vendor. These vendors provide powerful platforms on which you can manage your own corporate training program, without having to rely on a third-party provider.


Re-Purposing Content for Cost-Effective Development

One of the most powerful benefits of working with a cloud LMS platform is in the opportunity to simply re-purpose existing content for the development of training courses and programs. Your existing videos, PDFS, audio files, documents, and more can all be used as components of your courses.


Ongoing Availability

While many corporate training outsourcing partners work with your for a finite set of time (and then require you to pay for a new engagement) eLearning-based insourcing allows you to offer your training on a continual basis and grow your program over time as your needs continue to evolve.


Convenient Access

eLearning through the use of an LMS will make your training content available to employees at any time and from any location. All that is required is an Internet connection. This level of convenient access ensures that employees can access critical training content when and where they need it and allows you to add a contextual component to your eLearning program.


LMS Portals for Corporate Training Insourcing

LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows our clients and partners to build and manage multiple eLearning environments (portals) from a single administrative console. Using LMS Portals, you can “spin up” new instances of the application each time you need to create a new portal, and each portal will have its own branding, user onboarding system, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics engine, and more.


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