What Standardisation Really Means – And The Impact It Has On Your In-House Training
What is standardisation? Why does it have an impact on your in-house training programme? And how will it help your apprentice achieve their qualification and develop the foundation skills they need to thrive in the industry?
In the concluding blog of our apprentice series, we delve into the importance of standardisation – the process of making something conform to a standard – with reference to apprenticeship schemes and beyond!
Standardisation… in definition and practice
According to Wikipedia, standardisation is the process of implementing and developing technical standards based on the consensus of different parties, including firms, users, interest groups, standards organisations and governments. Standardisation is proven to help with everything from skill and knowledge attainment to safety and professionalism.
Standardisation is a concept which involves all parties collaborating and coordinating to realise mutual outcomes. One outcome might be your hairdressing or barbering apprentice developing the best technical skill and knowledge in a time period that meets or exceeds agreed timelines.
The benefits of standardised learning for apprentices
Standardisation has the power to boost the effectiveness and reliability of your in-house training scheme. It gives both you and your apprentice peace of mind that they’re obtaining the relevant knowledge and experience needed to perform a specific task or job, using an established, time-tested process. In addition, standardisation:
- Improves clarity – eliminating the need for guesswork or searching unreliable sources
- Guarantees quality – work is carried out in a pre-defined, optimised way
- Boosts productivity – apprentices don’t spend time rectifying small inconsistencies
- Bolsters morale – employees take pride in having mastering processes and refining their skills
- Builds team spirit – delivering a positive cohesive learning experience
Remember, confusion on how best to achieve a technique or skill can be very stressful for an apprentice, as can having to apologise for inadequate or incorrect work. It also has the potential to damage confidence. When training is standardised, the likelihood of this scenario arising is significantly reduced.
How to bring standardisation to your in-house training scheme
The potential benefits of standardisation can only be achieved if all parties interpret and follow the requirements of the programme or qualification in the same way.
When it comes to your apprenticeship scheme, the best way to guarantee success is to decide on a training plan – by using MHD as your platform, for example – and use training resources consistently, teaching agreed techniques in the same way.
With this approach, you’ll provide a consistent experience for all learners, no matter who their teacher, trainer or assessor is. However, don’t forget to take individual learner needs into account. You may need to differentiate some teaching, learning and materials to suit your apprentice.
By teaching your apprentices to carry out efficient, high-quality work, you’re increasing the likelihood that they’ll take ownership and pride in the work that they do. Instead of uncertainty and inefficiency, the apprentice will have a prescribed way to accomplish their assigned tasks, which also increases morale.
Standardisation does not equate to stifling creativity
Finally, it’s important to note that standardisation is not the same as stifling creativity. Learning a craft like hairdressing and barbering is about mastering foundation skills – standardisation is the ideal way to achieve this.
Once the foundation skills have been perfected, then teaching and learning can move from a standardised approach to encouraging an apprentice to use their foundation skills to express themselves. This creativity and individualism is what makes each hairdresser unique – and helps them build and maintain a clientele. We hope you’ve enjoyed our 4-blog series on apprentices. To find out more about how MHD can help you deliver standardised training in your salon, get in touch.
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