Author: Jim Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012
What is induction training?
Induction training is training given to new employees.
The purpose of the induction period (which may be a few
hours or a few days) is to help a new employee settle down quickly into
the job by becoming familiar with the people, the surroundings, the job and
It is important to give a new employee
a good impression on the first day of work. However, the induction programme
should not end there.
It is also important to have a systematic induction
programme, spread out over several days, to cover all the ground in the
shortest effective time.
Devising an effective induction training programme
The induction programme should be drawn up in consultation
with all those involved. Depending on the size and complexity of the business
this may include:
• Senior management (including directors)
• Supervisors or line managers
• Personnel officers
• Health and Safety managers
• Employee or trade union representatives
What induction training involves
induction involves the new employee meeting and listening to different people
talk about aspects of the business.
Other methods include
written information, audio visual aids and group discussion.
The following items
should be covered in an effective induction programme:
• Introduction to the business/department and its
• Layout of the buildings (factory / offices)
• Terms and conditions of employment (explaining
the contract of employment)
• Relevant personnel policies, such as training, promotion and health and
• Business rules and procedures
• Arrangements for employee involvement and communication