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Training Block: Grade Power Learning's training practices

9/22/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

GradePower Learning utilizes reporting to monitor online pre-training. 

Saline, Mich., September 22, 2015 - 
Gradepower Learning franchise is a provider of educational services and offers a unique business opportunity in the education industry. Headquartered in London, Ontario, GradePower is part of the Oxford Learning franchise system and provides programs that range from preschool reading to proprietary SAT and ACT prep. GradePower improves how children learn, rather than shooting for a better grade or test score, by combining cognitive learning strategies and academic tutoring. GradePower has been franchising since 2011 and currently has 15 franchised outlets in North America, making them the best known & most respected education franchise in Canada.

How does GradePower Learning train its franchisees?
GradePower's onboard training is broken into several components including business training - the beginning of your franchise journey that covers important topics in finance, HR, marketing, management and administration; operations training - focuses on the curriculum and guides you through the three aspects that makes GradePower different from any other education business: dynamic diagnostic assessment, cognitive training, and interactive coaching; and software training.

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Extended Enterprise Training: Perfect for Every Industry

9/10/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Capterra, a leader in helping businesses find the right software, recently published a blog article by Latitude Connection content writer Janay Burch on Extended Enterprise Training. The article is geared towards franchises and the importance of an EET learning management system. Visit http://blog.capterra.com/extended-enterprise-training-perfect-for-every-industry/ to view the article. For your convenience the blog article in its entirety can be read below.

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Training Block: Experimac's training practices

9/8/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Experimac provides ongoing training support through online education portal

Saline, Mich., September 8, 2015 - Experimac offers technology sales and services, specializing in Apple products. Experimac is the newest brand added to United Franchise Group and provides sales of pre-owned Apply computers and devices; repair of laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; and sales of accessories, upgrades and software. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL., Experimac is new to the franchise industry with 3 franchised outlets since 2014. Through Experimac's Apple-related expertise, they have have managed to become a one-stop location for all pre-owned Apple product needs.

How does Experimac train its franchisees?
Experimac starts newly franchisee owners off with a 4-week training program. The first two weeks are held at Experimac's corporate training facility in West Palm Beach, FL., where the franchisee will take part in one of the most extensive training programs in the franchise industry. You will be guided through the process of becoming a successful Experimac franchisee mainly through classroom training. The following two weeks include personal one-on-one training right in your store to ensure you have the technical, business and marketing expertise needed to succeed. "A marketing specialists is also sent to your store during this time to help get your name out in the community" explains Brady Lee, Regional Vice President and Brand President of Experimac. 





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Training Block: Arooga's training practices

8/24/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Arooga's utilizes blended learning to train franchisees

Saline, Mich., August 24, 2015
 - Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative, casual family dining restaurant and bar with a sports and entertainment focus. Arooga's, headquartered in Harrisburg, PA., has been franchising since 2013 with 41 current franchised outlets. In an effort to reduce their overall carbon footprint, Arooga's utilizes the latest earth conscious resources in the hospitality industry. As a result, all of their locations have been certified by the Green Restaurant Association. With their promise of "fresh, never frozen" Kobe burgers and fresh salads made from local produce, Arooga's menu is high in quality and fresh ingredients. 

How does Arooga's train its franchisees?
Arooga University provides a comprehensive 5 week training program for franchisees and their management team. Training is conducted in Pennsylvania at their corporate center and provides both classroom and on location training.



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Training Block: EmbroidMe's training practices

8/10/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

EmbroidMe's comprehensive 5-week training program includes various phases of training

SALINE, Mich., August 10, 2015 - EmbroidMe, headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL., is the world's largest embroidery, garment-printing, promotional products, and custom gifts franchise with almost 400 retail stores in 15 countries. As a result of one of the most extensive training programs in the franchising industry, EmbroidMe boasts that there is no experience necessary as they provide a turnkey franchise with assistance in site selection, lease negotiations, 5 weeks of training, store renovations and setup, staffing assistance, marketing and advertising programs, and many other ongoing support services.

How does EmbroidMe train its franchisees?
EmbroidMe starts new franchisees off with a 5-week training program. It kicks off with a two-week introductory training program at EmbroidMe University located at their corporate headquarters where you will learn all aspects of the business such as production, marketing, advertising, scheduling and bookkeeping.

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Training Block: Pita Pit's training practices

7/27/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Pita Pit utilizes hands-on training

SALINE, Mich., July 27, 2015 – Nelson Lang, founder of Pita Pit, sought to provide a healthier alternative to the usual fast food fare when they opened the first Pita Pit in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. Twenty years later, Pita Pit now has 240 operating franchised outlets with 12 of them being corporate owned. The Pita Pit serves a soft pita sandwich filled with customers' choice of grilled meat, vegetable toppings and zesty sauces. Most stores are between 1200 and 1500 square feet, with eat-in, carry-out and delivery options. Pita Pit has been franchising since 1999 and has a $192,550-318,679 investment range with $75,000 as minimum capital required. 

How does Pita Pit train its franchisees?
Pita Pit's initial training takes place at their USA headquarters in Idaho for the duration of 10 days, followed by 5-7 days of training at the franchisee's new location.

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Training Block: Zaxby's training practices

7/13/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Zaxby's offers training in phases and gains success

SALINE, Mich., July 13, 2015 – 
Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc., better known simply as Zaxby’s, currently has over 700 locations with 125 of them corporately owned. Zaxby’s offers fresh, prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads in a fun, quick-casual family environment. They have been ranked Most Craveable by Technomics and a top Most Multi-Unit Friendly brands by Multi-Franchisee magazine. Zaxby’s has been franchising since 1990 and has a $284,000-664,300 investment range with $400,000 as minimum capital required. 

How does Zaxby's train its franchisees?
Zaxby’s offers three phases of onboarding training – 40 hours of online training and assessments, a 6-week training program inside a training facility and lastly to the headquarters in Athens, GA.



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Latitude attends 24th Annual IFE in New York City

7/9/2015 - Posted by Sonia Gottfried

Latitude an industry leading in partner performance and the home of the LatitudeCONNECT Suite, sent two of its Connection staff writers to the International Franchise Expo in New York City to cover business practices of franchisors. Janay Burch and Sonia Gottfried, both Latitude employees, got to interview dozens of representatives from over hundreds of franchises June 18-20, 2015. Burch and Gottfried both agree that the IFE experience went smoothly with no hesitation from interviewees to have a conversation about training and franchising.  

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Evaluating a Franchise Training Program

4/28/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

I recently read an article on franchise.com titled Evaluating a Franchise Training Program: Five Essentials to Ensure Your Potential Franchisor Will Provide Adequate Support. Bart Puett, President and CEO of Maid Brigade, Inc., and author of this article, outlines a checklist of five key support assets to look for when evaluating a franchise and its training program.


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Franchise Training: The Key to Success is Consistency

4/14/2015 - Posted by Janay Robinson

Consistency is the most important thing to a franchise brand and consistency comes from effective training.

Surely we've all had a really good experience at a store or restaurant. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the service was great and well timed, and your product came out just as you expected it would. But negative experiences are probably just as common as positive ones. Franchise business is directly related to the quality of your employees’ behaviors and attitudes. How an employee acts and what they do leaves a big impression on the customer – creating satisfaction and loyalty at the franchised group level, or driving them to a competing brand.

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