There are a massive number of reasons why it is a good idea to ensure that your staff have adequate training when it comes to the CAD program. Having correctly trained staff even makes economic sense.
Now, when annual budgets are being drafted up, often times, if money needs to be cut at all, one of the first areas that goes out the door is training for staff. This seems like a good idea to save a few bucks in the short term, but nearly always ends up being a bad idea in the long term.
How is this even possible? Well, for example, when it comes to CAD, this is a program that evolves with each new version that gets released. Features are added, upgrades made to already existing features, and even total User Interface (UI) overhauls performed. So, if there is a major update to the software, and staff are not going to receive any training to enable them navigate these updates, the initial investment in the software itself will have been a waste of resources and money.
In addition, if the staff will not receive the required training for a new software update, they will often time need to figure out how this software works for themselves, through trial and error. This can be especially difficult and time consuming, if a total UI overhaul has been performed.
This is another reason why it is a better idea that your staff are up to date with their CAD courses. It has been said that it can take up to 72 hours of self paced, self managed training to receive the same results as just 12 hours of formal training can deliver. This is 6 times the amount, and almost 2 weeks worth of work lost versus 1 and a half days spent on formal training.
Have properly trained staff for CAD operation can also pay dividends when it comes to other staff members being absent from work. If a key member of staff happens to be absent for a day, the likelihood is, if the rest of the staff are adequately trained, they can then “slot in” to this job pretty seamlessly. Where as, if little or no training has been received, work can grind to a halt as they staff wouldn’t know how to perform specific or complex tasks.
The final reason why it’s a great idea to ensure staff are trained properly is one you may never have considered and that is staff motivation. Training helps promote staff moral and positive attitudes within the workplace. Highly motivate staff means staff that are happy in their work, and this in turn leads to greater output, and less turnover in staff numbers.
These are just some of the many reasons why, if you need to make cuts in your annual budget, make sure it is not at the expense of the training budget. Any short term savings to be achieved can actually end up costing you money in the longer term.