ERIC Number: ED407497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Delivering Cost Effective Services to Small and Mid-Sized Companies. Business Assistance Note #4.
This document, which is intended for work force and workplace development providers, examines ways of reducing the costs of developing and delivering training to small and midsized companies. Listed first are the following strategies for cutting service costs: split the provider's development costs by delivering the same services to a number of companies; share the provider's delivery costs by delivering services to multiple companies at the same time; cut travel costs by having the provider deliver services from one location convenient to it and the companies receive the services in a different location convenient to them; subsidize service costs with government payments, outside grants, or contributions; make the services more efficient; and make the services more productive. The remainder of the document is devoted to discussions of the following cost-effective service delivery strategies: learning consortia; walk-in centers; distance learning; computer-based training; and trained volunteers. It examines the benefits and drawbacks of five cost-effective strategies for delivering training, along with ways of ameliorating the drawbacks. Names/addresses and brief descriptions of programs using the consortium, walk-in center, and computer-based training approaches are included. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Consortia, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Labor Force Development, Program Costs, School Business Relationship, Small Businesses, Training, Training Methods, Volunteers
National Alliance of Business Distribution, P.O. Box 501, Annapolis Junction, MD 20702; phone: 800-787-7788; fax: 301-206-9789; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Developed by the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative. For complete report, see ED 402 481.