It's easy to conclude that formal training will increase the skill level of your people out in the field, and result in increased productivity, greater employee self-esteem, and an enhanced company image because your crews are more knowledgeable and professional. However, the decision to train is not as clear-cut as it first appears. It depends on many factors, ranging from your company's financial situation to the degree of faith you have in the employee who's being considered for the training.

This article discusses the costs and benefits of employee training and looks at some of the training options available in the concrete industry. These include apprenticeship programs, four-year degree programs, two-year technology and vocational programs, and seminars and short courses.