Investing in employee training can be hugely advantageous to employers and employees alike. Nowadays, recruiters and companies are looking to fill roles with a multitude of responsibilities and necessary previous experience, but the chances of filling these roles exactly to the specification can be tricky especially in a competitive environment, when the role is so niche. This is why hiring an inexperienced candidate with willingness and drive to be trained up could be just what your company is looking for.
Whilst hiring an inexperienced candidate may seem rather risky and unconventional, investing in employee training to develop their skill set can pay off. Investing in less- experienced employees’ training can mean you are more likely to mould the perfect employee.
Jobs in the travel sector are an excellent example of the success in employing candidates who require additional training. Whether this be as a travel agent or as crew on a cruise ship, opportunities to progress and develop your skills are bountiful due to the evolving nature of the travel industry. From apprenticeships to training courses, many companies in travel dedicate time and money to training their employees in order to get the very best out of them. This has paid off as the industry contributed to 3.6% of total employment in 2016. Big names in travel such as Carnival and British Airways invest in ongoing training programmes for their employees, whilst CLIA are recognised as a key provider of training for those in the travel industry.
Not only does investing in employee training provide them with the opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills, but it also can prove motivational for employees to continue to progress and work hard. Demonstrating an investment in employee’s training can prove motivational through a sense of security in their job, subsequently motivating them to remain loyal to the company.
Less experienced hires are likely to be at a lower salary but motivated to grow with the company. This saving could be put into additonal training to tailor their skills and experience to the company and role. A candidate deemed inexperienced in comparison to the rest of the team can in fact provide a fresh sense of perspective within the team, offering new and often dynamic ways to overcome business challenges.
Hiring candidates for their potential over their experience has been argued to be far more rewarding to a company and candidate alike. Candidates demonstrating whether they have the potential to learn new skills and adapt to changing business scenarios can be more flexible and willing to succeed in evolving industries than those whose experience is a copy of the job description.