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Free Online Content Provokes Deep Thoughts on the Cost of Learning

Workforce

Whether you want to learn to code, hone your coaching skills or find a fun new way to use Salesforce.com, there is a free online course to teach you. With all this content up for grabs, do companies really need to pay for training any more?

“It’s a debate that is raging right now,” said Bill Pelster, principal with Deloitte Consulting in Seattle. “In the end, it’s not an either/or question.”

Most companies have content that is specific to their products and culture that employees couldn’t possibly learn anywhere else. And in other cases, if a skill is vital to the business, safety or to meet regulations, relying on a homemade course probably isn’t prudent. “If operating a piece of machinery can be deadly, you don’t want employees learning it from a YouTube video,” Pelster said.


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