Training - who gets it? How useful?

Subject: Training - who gets it? How useful?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:19:32 -0400

A remark by Bill in that other thread (may it now rest in peace)
reminded me about a related issue.

In this age of canned webinars and downloadable self-paced
product learning, we still see ads (in Techwr-l advert posts
among other places) for in-person, hands-on-and-lecture training.

How many of y'all make use of such training?

Do companies pay for that sort of thing for employees any more?
(I haven't seen that personally since the tech bust.)

Regardless of the mode of training, for a software tool or a
workflow, if it costs money, and especially if it requires
travel, who is more likely to take it:

- captive corporate employees

- contractors (various flavors of self-employed) ??

If it's job-related - i.e., maybe how to use or get more
out of the HATT you use every day - are you more likely to
undertake such training on company time (whether at your
desk via web or at a hotel conference room somewhere),
or on your own time? And dime?

Also, do many of y'all attend industry-specific events
(not TW stuff, but rather for the industry of the company
that employs you) like trade shows and conferences?

Kevin McLauchlan
Senior Technical Writer
SafeNet, Inc.

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