PIERRE– BankWest was recently announced as an organization included in the Training Top 100, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.
Training magazine, a business publication for Learning and Development and HR professionals, recently announced the list and noted the rankings for the 100 leading organizations will be unveiled during an interactive Virtual Gala on February 8, 2021.
“To maintain the credibility of our awards program during the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose not to lower our standards and put organizations on the list that did not meet the minimum scoring threshold for training excellence—hence the change back to the Training Top 100,” explains Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “This makes the extraordinary accomplishments of the 2021 Training Top 100 organizations even more noteworthy. We salute these best-in-class organizations for their steadfast dedication to continuous employee learning and development; their agility and innovation in transforming their training delivery in response to the pandemic; and their passionate commitment to the current and future success of their people.”
The Training Top 100 ranking is based on myriad benchmarking statistics and a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including: total training budget, percentage of payroll, scope of training programs provided, detailed formal and informal training programs, training linked to business goals, and business outcomes resulting from training.
“At BankWest, we recognize the importance of taking time to properly onboard employees, provide a learning pathway for our staff, and provide ongoing education. Commonly feedback from new hires is that they appreciate the holistic approach to their onboarding and training, emphasizing that they have never had that experience in other jobs,” explains Becky Burke, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for BankWest. “Our belief is that if we take the time to onboard our employees the right way, they will feel like a part of the organization. When employees feel valued, employee engagement and retention grows.”