Training Practice by Penny Hackett is one of those old books that still has a lot to offer in our current learning and development landscape. You might think because it has ‘training’ in the title, the book is not relevant, but that is simply not true. While there is some information you should not attention to anymore in the book, it has a lot of practices which I believe learning and development practitioners should go back to. For instance, it reminds us of what training is, the difference between training and learning and what makes training work.
The book has just 153 pages and eleven chapters and manages to cover a lot. If you are looking for some really good train-the-trainer information, you will get it from this book. The section on identify learning needs reminds us about what is involved in truly identifying learning needs and there are other nuggets of information such as choosing appropriate learning opportunities, how to design training sessions, materials and facilities to use for training, designing training, delivering training, assessing training, evaluating training and administering training.
This is not a book you need to read cover to cover. Rather browse through and pick out areas that are still relevant to your practice today and a lot of it is. Every book has at least one thing to offer no matter how old it is. Fortunately, this book still has much more than one thing to offer you. Also, it may serve as a good review of certain concepts that we may have forgotten. If you do decide to read this book, make sure you read chapters one and two. The book did remind me of four key areas around training that i need to pay attention to which are:
- Remembering what training is and how it is different from learning.
- How to identify learning needs
- How to choose appropriate delivery methods for training sessions
- What factors are necessary for training in organisations to be successful
So for me, while this is an old book, it reminds about some solid practices that i should never forget as a learning and development practitioner.