You need the right approach with GMP training. To help you be successful, we put together the 8 keys to successful GMP training.
#1 The Trainer
One problem for GMP training is who is going to present it? Few organizations these days have dedicated GMP trainers, but some still do. Often GMP training is done by Quality Assurance personnel who, while very knowledgeable, may not always be the best presenters.
Select trainers on their ability to present the material rather than their expertise. If the presentation is poor – then the message is usually lost. Focus on presentation skills first and foremost.
#2 The Subject
Vary the presentation from year to year. Don’t show the same old video that they have seen 10 times before. Remind delegates of the reasons for and importance of GMP and then focus on your particular hot topics for this year. Bring in case-studies and real events as much as you can.
#3 The Presentation
Give delegates a mix of presentations. Remember that you can usually hold a person’s attention for about 20 to 30 minutes, so it is no good going for 2 hours of “death by PowerPoint”. People will just switch off.
By all means use PowerPoint, but use this to emphasize the important points.
Never simply read the slides out – the delegates can read for themselves. Trainers who simply read out sides are no good – don’t use them! Consider using a number of trainers to vary the presentations. Also think about games, quizzes and exercises.
If well thought out and well explained, then these do work.
#4 The Duration
You can spend as little or as long as you like. Normally, anything between 2 hours and a full day is normal. Most people prefer 1/2 day sessions, as this allows you to get two sessions in during a single day. The advantage of a 1 day course is you have time to go into detail in a number of areas.
With a 1/2 day session, you have less time, but you can focus here on just the main points of interest. Sometimes “less is more” – with 1/2 day sessions you can go for fast moving and high impact training – getting a few important points across rather than covering an enormous amount of ground.
Alternatively you could think about doing the course over lunch time – you get more delegates with the “free lunch” offer.
#5 The Room
Choose a good room. Get a room with some natural daylight, comfortable furniture and a desk to write on. The U-shaped table plan is good as it allows the tutor to interact with the delegates more as well as the delegates to interact with each other.
If you have large groups then go for cabaret style (around a number of tables) – this has the advantage that people attending are already positioned in work groups for any exercises that you provide.
#6 The Activities
Have a range of activities that cater for different people’s needs. Some can be thinking related, some can be problem solving related, some can be “what does it actually say in GMP” or research related. Whatever you do – get the delegates doing something!
#7 The External Trainer
It is always worth thinking about bringing in an external GMP trainer from time to time. While the disadvantage of the external trainer not knowing the in’s-and-out’s of an organization, this does have the advantage of the trainer being seen as a specialist expert. The subject is so important that you have brought in a specialist in to deal with it.
If you select an external trainer, verify that they can actually train! Most external trainers are actually “Consultants” and training is one of a long list of things (such as validation, auditing and procedure writing) that most Consultants say that they can do.
Here is a fact for you – all Consultants can train. But during their selection, ask yourself ”can they train well?”
#8 Getting the Right Employee
As the first step in meeting GMP training requirements, manufacturers should select or hire appropriate employees for the tasks to be performed. The initial selection of employees for a specific task is made based on a combination of education, experience, references, etc. For example, education alone is not a good indicator of whether a recent graduate with a scientific degree can perform the work.
New employees should be informed that they are working in a regulated industry and should be initially trained to perform their specific jobs and be made aware of any issues that may arise from:
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