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Controlling in continuing training at enterprises in European comparison
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Synopsis Many companies are only prepared to invest in continuing training and skills development when the effectiveness of these is clear. The people responsible for training are therefore put under pressure to prove the cost of corporate training measures and to make statements about their benefits. Consequently they expect support from controlling. 
The task of controlling is generally considered to be to show the economic situation of a company and its forseeable development, to develop strategies to reach targets and to demonstrate the causes of negative developments and the possibilities available for avoiding them. 
Training control is an instrument for optimising the planning, control and implementation of corporate continuing training. It is oriented to the individual phases of the entire training process and extends from the establishing of the continuing training requirements, the determining of the objectives of the continuing training, and the conception, planning and implementation of training measures through to success control and the securing of the transfer into the field of work. The training activities are not only looked at from a pedagogical point of view but are also checked and assessed in accordance with economic criteria. Questions regarding efficiency and effectiveness and regarding the benefit of continuing training are therefore of central importance (Krekel et al. 2001, pp. 6-7).
Reference The background, importance and definition of 'training control' are further outlined in the final project publication (Krekel et al. 2001, pp. 5-8). 
See also project info on CONTROLLING.
Descriptors D-CVT  EP04          E02a
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