Tired of working long hours and still struggling to get a decent profit at the end of the day?
Maybe your situation is not quite as gloomy as that, but for many in our industry, particularly the small mom-and-pop businesses, it is often all too real. They’re too busy working IN their business to work ON their business. It doesn’t have to be that way. Help is available.
Many small automotive business owners started out working for someone else before striking it out on their own. Although they might be great with customers and knowledgeable about the products and services they sell, their business performance suffers because have never had any formal business management training. Every owner, manager and employee in the automotive industry needs training from time to time.
Recent studies show that there will be severe shortages in skilled labour in the coming years unless we do something to attract and train new talent. Furthermore, advances in automotive technology are such that it’s impossible to keep up with customers’ needs without upgrade training.
Why invest in training?
There’s an old saying, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!”
Let’s say a day-long training course costs $400. For 8 hours, that’s $50 an hour. If lunch is included, that’s an even better deal. What hourly rate do you charge your customers? What hourly rate would you expect to pay for professional services and advice from industry experts? $400 for a full day of quality training is a great investment.
How difficult do you think it will be to learn just one thing in those 8 hours of training that will result in $400 worth of increased efficiencies? To put it in the opposite perspective, how frustrating is it to have a $400 screw-up that could have been avoided – if you’d only known how?
Training is one of the best investments you can make in the future of your business. The ARA wants to help you achieve excellence.
When is the best time to sign up for training?
There’s never a bad time to take training, except “later”. If business is slow, perhaps it’s a good time to take training, because not only is it easier to get away, but you’ll be armed with your newly-acquired knowledge when you get busy. The sooner you invest in training, the sooner you’ll reap the rewards of the new efficiencies you will learn.
Canada-BC Job Grants
There is up to $10,000 in government funding available to employers and employees for training. Click here.