Staff augmentation and outsourcing are two different models of hiring external learning and development professionals to augment an existing team in order to meet project demands. ELB Learning offers both options. Here are the key differences between staff augmentation and outsourcing:
Staff Augmentation: Staff Augmentation provides temporary staff to fill specific skills gaps in an organization. It offers flexible access skilled L&D professionals who can meet increased project demands without hiring full-time employees. You will have full control over the projects and the resources hired. Staff augmentation can be a more cost-effective solution compared to hiring full-time employees. You will have access to experts who can help you get your training projects done.
Outsourcing or Custom Learning Development: Outsourcing is also a great option but different than staff augmentation. It involves giving the full project to the ELB Learning Custom Learning team to build from start to finish. We also have a team of learning strategy experts that can ensure your learning experience is engaging and effective. We can also build a more immersive training experience using virtual reality (VR) and gamification. The full creation of a custom course or custom learning experience may take longer than adding a resource to your team through staff augmentation. Lastly, outsourcing is often a more expensive choice than staff augmentation.
Overall, staffing your team through staff augmentation provides temporary staff to fill specific skills gaps in an organization, while outsourcing involves outsourcing the full project or aspects of the project to an external company. Staff augmentation offers more flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and access to specialized knowledge, while outsourcing allows you to focus on other projects while we create the learning for you. Learn more about our custom learning here.