Low Cost Training Options

Organizations must continue the operation of training and development even in times of tighter budgets. There are a number of different ways organizations can train their workforce with minimal expenditures. One obvious way of controlling costs is limiting the number of people sent externally for training. Other easy ways to decrease costs and increase the quality of training in your organization is through on-the-job training, using technology, offering online training, free webinars or simply formalizing the informal training that’s already occurring on a daily basis. By implementing some of the suggestions on this page, you can increase the quality of your training offerings while incurring little to no cost.

Federal Government Tools and Resources

Federal Executive Boards


The U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

HR University also hosts the Federal “Manager’s Corner” which provides training and resources for ALL Federal supervisors, managers, and executives.   They will find training, performance management information, pay tables, information on how to successfully implement work life programs, and other topics needed to successfully lead in the Federal Government.


Private Sector Tools and Resources


10 eLearning Freebies (from The eLearning Coach)

  • Comic Book Characters and Scenes
  • Cartoon Speech Bubbles
  • mLearning Implementation Road Map
  • Icon Finder
  • Handwritten Fonts
  • Weekly Graphic, Illustration and Font
  • eLearning (PowerPoint & other) Templates
  • Sound Effects
  • Storyboard Templates
  • Textures
  • Bonus: eLearning Resources

The eLearning Guild is also a source of information, networking, and community for eLearning Professionals.

Here are some examples of on-demand professional and personal development podcasts:


Read Trade magazines/Journals

Trade magazines are a good way for employees to learn about issues, innovations, and best practices. Subscription costs continue to decline; many publications are now free. A few are perks of association memberships. Often, a paper subscription comes with online access to the same content. Professional reading can be done during the commute or lunch hour. The below lists reflect examples of robust content, as they pertain to various professional disciplines.

Learning & Development and Human Resources Professionals:

For Project Managers:

For I.T. Professionals:

For Education Technology Professionals:

For Budget and Program Analysts:

For Supervisors, Managers, and Executives:



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