Being an HR professional with more than 15 years of experience, I closely observe and check the HR Generalist Practical Trainings which are now available in market (Google). Since 2010, I worked with few very renowned HR Training institutes and I am hereby writing my review for the benefit of all those HR professionals, other working professionals and fresher who are planning to join these in near future. Objective of my review is to give my honest feedback and guidance to all students so that they invest their hard-earned money with full care.
Q. Why does anyone get enrolled in the HR Generalist Practical Training?
Ans. My experience of being with students, closely monitoring them and interaction with my students says that students join the courses with two key goals in mind:
(b) Job opportunity
Students really take the pain when they spend their hard-earned money in these career enhancement courses and when these institutes fail to do the justice with their investment; it is always highly painful for a trainer like me.
The main reason by these Institutes fail is deliver is because they are not specialized institutes. They have no insight of the HR training topics, techniques and issues. Therefore I call them NON-HR Training Institutes.
Let’s understand why most of these Institutes NON-HR Institutes fail to deliver what they commit.
Key Problem areas of NON-HR Institutes:
LACK OF CONCENTRATION AMONGST MULTIPLE COURSES: How to identify a Non-HR Institute is very simple. If an Institute is having many other technical courses apart from HR courses then it’s a clear-cut indication that this Institute is a Non-HR Institute and they have no specialized skill or experience of HR Generalist Training.
Many institutes have made this training business like a departmental store. If you check their websites, you will see multiple courses which they have to offer.
On one side they are offering HR Generalist Training course on the other side they also have Robotic and Software training courses. Some websites, I have seen offering all the training courses available on this earth. Do you really believe that such Institutes can do justice with your HR Training? NO.
For HR Generalist training, only such institute is preferable which is 100% dedicated to HR training only.
UNEXPERIENCED COUNSELOR WITH NO SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE: Counselor of any Training course needs to be well educated with strong command on the subject knowledge. It is also required for them to keep them updated.
In most of these Non-HR Institutes, counselors have very little or no subject knowledge. Counselors generally fail to answer basic queries of students and divert them towards trainers. Many institutes have counselors who themselves are undergrad. How can a student get a proper guidance?
LOW QUALITY/ OUT DATED CONTENT: Since these are Non-HR Training Institutes, their HR Training content is generally out-dated. This is because of lack of expertise and interest of the management who have lot of other course to focus on.
In many renowned Training Institutes in Lakxmi Nagar and Training Institutes in Noida, I have seen that Management personnel have technical background; they don’t even know anything about Various HR profiles and Recent Trends in HR.
Therefore, it’s again important to join that Institute where the Management or at least one person in the Management is from HR background. How to check whether management has HR background? You can check it very easily by observing if he can answer few of your HR related technical questions like:
• Various HR topics to be covered in the Training?
• Latest and recent HR topics and trends?
• How many years of industry experience do he/she has?
• Do they have Industry contacts? And if yes, then How?
In many institutes after interaction with the owner you might realize that owner himself has never worked anywhere ever and has no Industry Exposure. He/She may also be lacking in quality in terms of knowledge and training therefore expecting good content of training in their institute is of no point.
FAKE PLACEMENT COMMITMENTS: My heart goes out to see students struggling and begging for job placements after course completion. My advice to students is that Never join JUST because of placement assurance done before admission. Your joining decision must be based on:
• Course Content
• Feedback about the Trainer
• Demo session attended by you
• Interview preparation support (CV preparation, mock interviews etc)
• Placement support
If you are joining an institute which is owned by the Trainer himself, then that is best because ultimately you will have to rely on your Trainer only for placement and other long term support.
LACK OF FACILITIES: For HR Practical Training, we need a lot of online portal access like Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (EPF), Employee State Insurance Act, 1948 (ESIC) and Payroll software etc. Most of these institutes don’t have EPF, ESIC portal. They rely on their Trainer and expect them to arrange these portals on their own. No institute provides Payroll training software either. Students get penalized unnecessarily after joining such institutes.
EXORBITANTLY HIGH FEE: Fees what these Non-HR institutes are charging is not worth. These courses are half of its cost or even lesser. Institutes’ have their fixed costs like, rent of premises, salary of counselor and staff, promotional expenses, fees of trainer and last but not the least their own profit margin. A poor student in his fee has to bear the cost of all these expenses & heads. A freelancer like me, used to train a student for just Rs. 10,000-12,000 and same is the fee in my Exclusive HR Training institute also, for which these institute charge Rs. 25,000- 30,000. It’s really too high!!
JUST REVIEWS SHOULD NOT BE THE CRITERIA: If any student chooses to join these institutes because of the reviews and stars they see on Google, then let me tell, all these reviews are written by students for trainers and not for the institutes. Always join that institute where the owner himself is trainer. Chances of fake review will be less.
TIPS: HOW TO CHOOSE GOOD HR TRAINING INSTITUTE/TRAINER
Spécialisation: Make sure the Institute provided exclusively HR Training only. Large number of courses in the Institutes kitty diverts their attention.
Trainer’s Institute: Such institutes are always preferable where Trainer and Owner is same. Students get direct supervision and personalized care. Also the fee in such institute is less because of elimination of middlemen and students get long term support.
Avoid Mob Mentality: Avoid joining an institute for its 5 star Google review only. Good review is not bad, however, that should not be the only criterion of selecting an institute.
Examine the Management & Trainer: Counselor, management and trainers are face of any institute. If you closely examine them before admission, you will get an idea of their training quality.
Written commitments: If you are ready to pay high fee to a so-called branded institute because of their placement commitments, get it in writing from them.
Capability Matters: An institute may give you your first job but your career will be shaped only by your capabilities. Find a trainer who gives a commitment of making you capable in all respect, no matter he guarantees placement or not.
My sole objective is to Save Students Hard Earned Money from investing at inappropriate place. I have seen sufferings of students and it is highly painful. I have no personal enmity with any institute but I am always faithful towards students.
Align Professional Training is an initiative to provided best HR generalist Training to HR aspirants at economical cost.
The best part is that owner and trainer in the Institute have solid HR background which is supported by 15+ years of work experience.
Course Tenure: 35-40 hrs. (Crash course also available)
Course Fee: INR 9,999/- (Attractive offers going on!)
Course Rating: 4.5/5