The ultimate dashboard for training managers
A new breed of software platform is emerging onto the training management market. It brings together in one place the many diverse functions that training managers need to keep track of, and streamlines processes for maximum responsiveness to change and increased profitability. It is known as a Training Administration System (TAS) – but what is it exactly?
A Training Administration System (TAS) is a purpose-built software platform that manages the training process end-to-end, from initial customer enquiry through to training delivery and invoicing. It unifies in a single system what has traditionally been handled by separate software: spreadsheets, logistics, scheduling platforms, and a CRM for sales management and customer retention. A TAS can also handle training catalog management, training center activity monitoring, and compliance and certification management.
A TAS offers budget forecasts and analysis, real-time tracking and rescheduling of classrooms and trainers, live profitability alerts for each training stream, and data sharing across teams. It can all be controlled from a single dashboard.
Mike Bailey, a Business Development Consultant with 15 year’s experience, latterly from Blackboard International, QS Unisolution and several years within eLearning delivery, says of the new Training administration systems: ‘I’ve definitely been seeing a rise in demand for this type of system, as there are new government initiatives for the advancement of apprenticeships and vocational learning.
Following this trend, an increasing number of young learners are engaging with vocational based learning and the demand for companies to manage the administration of new training places require systems capable of managing the life cycle of trainees, trainers and the associated resources to be able to deliver it.’
Here is one reason he gave us why TASs are becoming more important than ever before.
Recent news about apprenticeships in the UK points to a possible boom for training providers. The government has given firms a £2,000 incentive to hire apprentices. Small businesses will be subsidised to the tune of 90% of the costs of providing apprenticeships. The government plan is aimed at building a skilled workforce by helping people of all ages gain high-quality skills and experience.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers backs the scheme. It represents Independent Training Providers who together provide 76% of apprenticeships in England and are critical to making the government’s flagship skills programme a success. The AELP plans to push the scheme hard to employers, whom a recent survey shows are slow to realise the benefits of taking on apprentices.
This new dynamic is likely to produce an influx of face-to-face training delivery from many businesses as they take advantage of the scheme and choose to train new apprentices. As a result, training providers will need to review their existing capability for managing increased resources, trainers, venues and participant delivery. TASs are designed to manage a busy workload for training providers seeking to streamline their operations as they grow.
As a starting point to find out more about TASs, Mr Bailey suggested http://www.coursemerchant.com/training-administration-overview.php.