Onboard Assignment


This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade. It gives you an opportunity to investigate, analyze, and report on the strategic role of training and development in an organization. You must complete this assignment individually, without contacting other students, and you may not use a paper or any part of a paper from a previous class or from another person. If you have questions about this assignment, please post them in the Ask the Professor discussion forum so that everyone can benefit from the answers. The assignment addresses Course Objectives 1, 2, and 3.

The Training Top 125 for 2019

For the past 19 years, Training magazine has ranked organizations based on their employer-sponsored training and development programs (Freifeld, 2019). The list below contains the top five organizations for 2019.



2019   Rank

2018   Rank


Dollar   General Corporation, LLC




Leading Real   Estate Companies of the World




Best Buy








BNSF Railway   Co.



Details about the selection process and about all 125 organizations ranked by Training can be found at the magazine’s website at

You can obtain a link to a PDF with profiles of all of the Top 125 companies here (scan down to the bottom of the article):

You should also browse the website for additional articles related to the 2019 Top 125 list. The March/April 2019 issue, which you can find in Training’digital archives, has feature articles on the top five companies for 2019.



Choose one of Training magazine’s top five organizations and investigate the organization’s strategic training and development initiatives.

In addition to researching articles on Training’s website, you should explore the organization’s web site for business information (hint: look for the organization’s annual report, which can be a source of information about financial expenditures, company priorities, and competition) and use the UMUC library to conduct a search for references to the organization. Don’t forget to look for YouTube videos by or about the organization.

Prepare a 3-5 page report based on your research.

Using the criteria Training uses to rank organizations as well as information from your own research, prepare a 3-5 page report about strategic training and development in your chosen organization. Your report should include, but is not limited to, the following elements:

1. A description of the organization and its major products and/or services (a brief description — no more than two or three paragraphs). Try to find information about the organization’s mission and/or goals and how its training function is organized. The organization’s website and its annual report, particularly the letter to shareholders at the beginning of the annual report, are good sources of information. Be sure to cite the specific web page where you found information used in your report.

2. An assessment of the characteristics of the organization that help it excel in training and development. Include factors such as (but not limited to) the total budget for or amount of money spent on training and development; the level of employee involvement in training and development activities; the type(s) of training and development opportunities offered; the organization’s investment in and/or use of technology for training; and the availability of benefits such as tuition assistance.

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