Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Integrated Training Plan
In 1992, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA) initiated a concerted training planning effort, resulting in a structured training process plan across the total organization. The previous training process was fragmented and did not focus on the true needs of the organization or the individual team members. The streamlined training program now provides an integrated link to strategic business objectives and goals, is leveled across the organization, meets corporate and individual needs, and balances training needs with budget realities.
A senior-executive Education and Training Horizontal Integration Team was chartered to integrate training across the organization by addressing training needs, curricula, business plans, and budgets. The 1995 Integrated Training Plan, for example, was developed using the training planning process and defined 280 courses available to MDA personnel in distinct categories including a broad selection of continuing education courses called the Voluntary Improvement Program.
The team updates and expands the Integrated Training Plan annually as needed by organizational requirements, strategic goals, and individual needs. MDA has a viable, well-documented process that meets the training requirements of the organization and its individuals, and is balanced with affordability considerations.
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