June 9, 2017 By WorkSocial Editorial
There are literally thousands of different venues competing to host your training, so how do you know which one is the best match. While this is not a comprehensive list, here are some of the strengths and weaknesses of different types of training venues, that can help you decide which is best for your training event.
The Strengths: Because universities are created for education, they are intended to be used for learning. Meeting rooms, classrooms, and, on occasion, computer labs can be found for rent.
Generally speaking, they also tend to be rather cost-efficient. In the eyes of the university, they have the space, so if it’s not being used, why not bring in extra revenue?
The Weaknesses: Universities are designed for education, but specifically for the education of on-campus tuition-paying students. The cross-over to professional training misses the mark in a few key areas.
The Bottom Line: Universities can be good for no-tech, casual meetings, especially for only a portion of the day. For more complex trainings, work with a provider who can ensure that you have everything you need for a successful training event.
Hotels are often popular venues for business meetings or company events, so many corporate trainers will seek out hotels on habit. But is that knee-jerk reaction justified?
The Strengths: Hotels tend to be great for those traveling for training events. Beginning the day with a session in a conference room, spending the evening at the attached restaurant, and ending with everyone simply going upstairs to their own rooms can make hotels the convenient location for training. Hotels are also more likely to have larger spaces to host bigger training events and meetings.
The Weaknesses: The majority of weaknesses with hotels as training venues stem from the cost. While the initial quote may not be frightening, it’s important to remember that this is merely the starting point. That number can quickly rise. For example:
The Bottom Line: If the hotel is the venue that you need, don’t go it alone. Work with someone else who has already negotiated rates for amenities and support. This venue can be a convenient one, especially when you have a partner to guide your way through the booking process.
Temporary office space is designed for companies to rent out as needed. It is often used as transitional space or overflow for companies, but can it also be used for corporate training programs?
The Strengths: Rented office space is largely cost efficient. Because it’s designed with a “however-much-you-need-for-however-long-you-need-it” mentality, you will likely find a decent hourly rate for a suitable size that will fulfill your requirements to complete the training. Weekends, evenings, or regular work hours—these facilities will tend to price exactly what you need and not a minute more, allowing you to maintain a reasonable budget.
The Weaknesses: You are likely getting the bare basics of renting space—a certain square footage of space for a particular length of time, nothing more.
The Bottom Line: To rent office space is to purchase a blank space for a little while. This can work very well for temporary office spaces, but it’s really not conducive to professional training. If this is absolutely the place you need, bring in an extra pair of hands to ensure that everything needed for a successful training is present on-site.
The Strengths: By and large, training facilities do everything you need them to do. They have space for training, built-in audio-visual, experienced onsite technical support, and designated break areas.
They have computer labs that they manage, snack bars that they stock, and training space that they upkeep. It’s difficult to find spaces that are more prepared for you than this. The whole facility is structured around the idea that all you have to do is show up and teach. There might be a extra charges for dedicated bandwidth or catering, but these facilities have excellent reputations for offering straightforward rates without hidden service fees.
The Weaknesses: These facilities may be simple and easy, but they’re not quite perfect.
The Bottom Line: Training facilities are designed to be easy and accessible—the ultimate show-up-and-teach venues. They have a proven model of training, which may limit class sizes or focus your catering options, but they provide a simplified option that works well for many training events.