What Small but Mighty Training Teams Can Do

Most training teams are small, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get things done! Learn how small learning and development teams can succeed.

Published on 18 July, 2018 | Last modified on 1 November, 2022
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In our annual State of Learning and Development report, we ask respondents how what kind of content they create, what technology they use, what they outsource, and more. Many training projects seem out-of-this-world when you only have a few people on your training staff, but we’re here to show you just what small and might learning and development teams can accomplish.


37% of trainers are on a team of just 1-3 people, so here’s a look at what you and your two colleagues can do this year:


1. Content


Small teams create content on along the full spectrum of topics, but their biggest focus is on soft skills including leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.

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2. Training Modes


Like their peers on larger teams, most small training teams still use face-to-face training. The other most popular training modes include virtual training (both synchronous and asynchronous), coaching and mentoring, and on-the-job exercises.


Meanwhile, 34% of small teams have embraced video learning, and nearly a third also leverage industry conferences and events as training opportunities.


3. Vendor Partners


Small teams are more likely to outsource training logistics than their larger counterparts. 53% of small teams outsource their printing, and 24% use a vendor for training locations. However, 17% of small teams don’t outsource any of the main training functions, revealing themselves to be corporate superheroes.

4. Technology


Small teams are nearly twice as likely as their peers to not use any learning technology at all. In fact, only 35% of small teams use learning management systems, compared to the 56% of their peers. When they do use technology in their learning programs, it is for assessment and content-centric: delivering a learning program, creating content, or setting up a course module.  


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