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Why Trainability is Important in the Workplace

Trainability refers to how easily an employee can pick up job training and learn new skills. Since all new employees are required to learn job-specific procedures and responsibilities, trainability is important for nearly any position.

From a company’s perspective, the training process can be expensive and time-consuming. Employers can save time and money by hiring employees who can successfully complete their training and become an active contributor as quickly as possible. But trainability doesn’t just predict success in the onboarding phase; it also predicts an employee’s ongoing success, since most positions require employees to learn new skills and adapt to new procedures throughout their tenure in a job. Identifying candidates who have the aptitude to routinely learn and apply new information benefits businesses in the long run.

One pre-employment test that assesses overall trainability is the Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST). The CBST measures basic math, grammar, and attention to detail. Often administered for entry to mid-level positions, the test helps to reduce turnover and identify individuals who will successfully complete training and excel in the role.

Another test that evaluates a candidate’s trainability is the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT). The CCAT measures an individual’s ability to solve problems, think critically, and take in and apply new information. This test is recommended for mid- to high level positions that require problem solving and decision-making abilities.

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