Recognising a need for training

As time becomes an increasingly precious commodity, individuals and businesses alike must strive to optimise their efficiency. Being able to effectively organise and retrieve our personal or business-related data is vital. To this end, Microsoft Access was introduced in 1992. Now in its eighth version, this popular relational database management system (RDBMS) essentially allows you, the user, to create and process data in a database. It is therefore possible to identify previously hidden relationships between different types of data and draw important conclusions. Recognising trends can lead to changes in practice and ultimately increased productivity. However, without Microsoft Access training you may be unable to truly experience all that this software has to offer.

Benefits of training

It is recognised that it can be challenging for beginners to teach themselves how to use Microsoft Access. A training course can bring increased confidence, reduced frustration and as a result, increased satisfaction.

Training will enable you and your employees to use this often underutilised, powerful database engine more efficiently. Tasks can therefore be completely more easily, more quickly and to a higher standard.

As new versions of Microsoft Access become available and are subsequently introduced into the workplace, you may recognise a training need for yourself or your employees. For example, the latest version of Microsoft Access (Microsoft Office Access 2007) has been designed with a new results oriented user interface. As a result, commands are easier to locate on new task orientated tabs. There is now a library of ready to use database templates which can be customised to suit your needs. Additionally, a web collaboration with Windows SharePoint Services means that is it possible to share Microsoft Access information with other team members. By attending training courses, you can ensure that you and your staff are up-to-date and thereby maximise the investment in new software.

Although Microsoft Access is a widely used database program, many individuals have not been trained to use it, in the same way that they have with Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Word. In terms of individual success, knowledge of Microsoft Access may help support your case for a new job, a promotion or a pay rise. In terms of business success, training employees in the use of Microsoft Access can lead to better understanding of your business and increased productivity.

Options for training

Individuals tend to have different learning styles. For this reason, different training methods are available to those wishing to become students of Microsoft Access. There is also the option to select the level of education required: basic, intermediate or advanced. Books are available on the subject but you may find some of the concepts relating to Microsoft Access harder to grasp when learning in this format. E-learning on the other hand, may be suitable for those self-disciplined individuals among you who already have some expertise with Microsoft Access. A popular alternative is to learn with Microsoft Certified Trainers at a training centre or to bring a training team in-house.

Whatever you choose, as the famous saying goes, knowledge is power.