Difference between Training, Seminar, and Workshop


Training is the act of providing information and instruction to someone. It is the act of teaching and or developing skills, knowledge, etc. in a student. The purpose of training is to improve one’s capability, capacity, productivity and performance.

In corporate practicality, training refers to the act or training a recruit so that he or she may effectively be able to do their job. This means providing them will all the relevant information, skills, and resources to do their job.



workshops are events in which the instruction can be handed out. Workshop’s are corporate events where this knowledge, skills and information can be shared and given. Workshops can even be used to provide additional information to established employees so that they may develop new skills and incorporate new information in their jobs, which many lead to increased productivity. Workshops can last from a couple of hours to perhaps a few days. However, the workshops are actually just one part of an effective training plan.

Workshops have small audiences, or are broken up into smaller groups, because of the hands-on activities that are a part of learning in the workshop experience. Workshops may have several different activities that the attendees can choose.



A seminar has a structure that is more like a lecture or classroom style of learning. In this respect, the lecturer, speaker or instructor gives a speech or shares information with the audience, similar to how a teacher lectures a classroom full of children. Seminars tend to have much larger audiences because it simply consists of an expert sharing information with the audience on a specific topic.

A seminar format may only have the main lecture and there is no further follow-up activities or ways for the attendees to apply the knowledge they have learned during the seminar. Seminars tend to have a one-way street of communication.


The Distinctive Difference of Trainer, Coach, Teacher, Mentor, Facilitator


Someone who transfers knowledge with specific topic through direct interaction with the participant.


Someone who transfers knowledge with specific topic through indirect interaction with the participant.


Someone who transfers knowledge with general topic through direct interaction with the participant.


Someone who transfers knowledge with general topic through indirect interaction with the participant.


Someone who has the skills to moderate and run sessions, exercises, discussions and work groups where knowledge is shared by and extracted from the participants themselves.

Roles and Responsibilities of Departmental Trainer


Key members of each department will be selected by the Executive Committee/ Heads of Department to be trained to become Departmental Trainers, with responsibility for conducting all departmental on-job-training and assisting in Group Training. Departmental Trainers must have sound technical skills, the respect and trust of their employees and colleagues, and the ability to motivate their employees. They must also be fully conversant with all operational policies and procedures, standards, and training strategies.

The Departmental Trainers have a vital role to play in success of the hotel’s training plan by planning, coordinating and monitoring the training activities in their department.

The principle responsibilities of the Departmental Trainers are as follows :

  1. To assist in the identification of their department’s training needs.
  2. To plan the training activities to satisfy these training needs.
  3. To spend at least two hours per week preparing and conducting training.
  4. To carry out their department’s orientation training for new employees.
  5. To meet with their Heads of Department every month to :

–  Discuss training progress in that month.

– Outline and plan future training activities for the following month(s).

  1. To monitor the standards within their department, and give corrective training to the employees if the standard fall below the agreed level.
  2. To request assistance, support or feedback from the Head Of Department or Training Department whenever needed.