Training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. Training has specific goals of improving one's capability, capacity, productivity and performance. It forms the core of apprenticeships and provides the backbone of content at institutes of technology (also known as technical colleges or polytechnics). In addition to the basic training required for a trade, occupation or profession, observers of the labor-market recognize as of 2008 the need to continue training beyond initial qualifications: to maintain, upgrade and update skills throughout working life. People within many professions and occupations may refer to this sort of training as professional development
As the European Trainer Daniele Trevisani highlights, Training is not a "one shot" intervention but rather it is a process that evolves, session after session. It requires trial and errors, and repeated feedback. As such training might use "games" but is not a game, it is a strategic tool: "The End-State of any training has to do with increasing the degree of applied wisdom, dependability and quality in the Human Factor component of an organization. Anything that leads towards that End-State, is training. As such, for any organization's leader, building a Strategic Training Plan is not only important, it's vital.".