Impact of training activities: stories from the field

We all know that a training programme alone is not likely to result in significant changes in job performance, and much has been written about different techniques for ensuring that skills transfer into organizational performance improvement.

To this respect measuring impact is even a more demanding task since it takes place long time after the closure of a project. One of the difficulties is how to maintain relations with the stakeholders you have been working with and adopt a methodology.

In this respect after 14 years. I re-establish working relations with Marcello Ferraguzzi a former student of mine, who attended a course, I delivered in 2002!

The first good news is that he survived to the course! The second one is that Marcello applied the knowledge he gained in his professional activities by providing new services to his clients: Marcello is now a successful Certified Auditor for European projects. This article is available both in English and Italian.

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Q. What prompted you to take the course in 2003 on the European Funds?

A. It was even 2002. I was only an accountant or auditor.  The thing I remember shots me a lot .... First, the curiosity. European funds were viewed as a "dream" ... but they were still a chance, both for professionals like me, both for companies that assistive. I believe a lot in training. Especially when well done ...

Q. Leaving your "comfort zone" is always difficult. After the course, as you've started to apply what they have learned?

A. After the course I approached the European projects “world” first of all by offering opportunity to my clients, then I entered the assessors / instructors circuit for many organizations, both public and private. On a step to step basis I developed an audit module supporting different companies under preparation of budgets and reporting, also offering related training. These activities have become increasingly important for my business;

Q. What were the most significant themes of the course?

A. The course, in addition to focus on EU funds, had some very interesting modules. I remember the Audit module, taught by a teacher, a colleague auditor very prepared and the design module that I found really useful. The various modules were well depth. Classes were not mere "theoretical" but true professionals and their advice was very valuable;

Q. A tip for those who want to undertake this professional path What about ...

A. It’s a particular career path, you come out from the usual professional routine and for those who want to diversify the activities' can' be an interesting solution. It Can 'also be connected to internationalization issues and grant awards;

Q. An advice to teachers               

A. They did not need my advice, I can only continue to learn from them! I think maybe you could do, cyclically, an update of the course. Maybe seminars or recalls, including through e-learning platform, targeted at students. I do not think you can but 'delegate all training to a platform. Human relations always make the difference. With some classmates still we feel and with some work for years together!

 

Italian version

D. Cosa ti ha spinto a partecipare al corso nel 2003 sui Fondi Europei?

R. Era addirittura il 2002! Ero l’unico commercialista o Revisore del corso e la cosa ricordo che ti colpi’ molto…. Innanzi tutto la curiosita’. I fondi europei erano visti come una sorta di “miraggio”… ma erano comunque una opportunita’, sia per i professionisti come me, sia per le aziende che assistivo. Credo molto nella formazione. Specialmente quando ben fatta…  

D.  Quali sono state le tematiche piu significative del corso?

R. Il corso, oltre a formare sui fondi europei, aveva dei moduli molto interessanti, ricordo il modulo di Audit, tenuto da un docente, un collega revisore molto preparato e il modulo di progettazione che trovai veramente utile. I vari moduli erano ben approfonditi. I docenti non erano dei meri “teorici” ma dei veri professionisti e i loro consigli furono molto preziosi.

D. Uscire dalla  "confort zone" e' sempre difficile. Finito il corso, come hai incominciato ad applicare quanto appreso?

R. Finito il corso ho approcciato i progetti europei, innanzi tutto proponendo alcune opportunita’ ad alcuni clienti, poi sono entrato nel “circuito” dei valutatori/istruttori per molti enti, sia pubblici che privati. Pian piano poi ho messo a frutto anche il modulo di audit, supportando diverse aziende in fase di predisposizione dei budget e nella rendicontazione, offrendo anche la relativa formazione . E pian piano queste attività sono diventate sempre più importanti.

D. Un suggerimento a chi vuole intraprendere questo cammino professionale

R. Che dire… E’ un percorso professionale particolare, si esce dalla solita routine professionale e per chi vuole diversificare l’attivita’ puo’ essere una soluzione interessante. Puo’ essere collegata anche ai temi di internazionalizzazione e di finanza agevolata.

D. Un consiglio ai docenti

R. Non hanno bisogno dei miei consigli, posso solo continuare ad imparare da loro! Penso che forse si possa fare, ciclicamente, un aggiornamento del corso. Magari dei seminari o dei richiami, anche attraverso la piattaforma e-learning, rivolti ai corsisti. Non penso si possa pero’ delegare tutta la formazione ad una piattaforma. I rapporti umani fanno sempre la differenza. Con alcuni colleghi di corso ancora ci sentiamo e con alcuni lavoro da anni insieme!

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