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I sometimes see these two words being used almost interchangeably especially when they are linked to corporate training (e.g. Training plan/program). I would be grateful if you could let me know if these words really refer to the same thing and the same corporate document.

From Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam
A program is a planned sequence and combination of activities designed to achieve specified goals. Programs normally involve:

• equipment
• materials
• money
• personnel, and time

What is a Plan?

A plan will outline who will deliver the training, and when and where your apprentice or trainee needs to go to receive the structured component of the training.

A training plan can be devised within different periods of time. A daily plan, monthly plan, bimonthly, term plan, semester plan of an apprentice or trainee commencing their apprenticeship or traineeship and prior to the delivery of any structured training.
Treat the training plan as a working document. It should be flexible enough to meet all your needs. Remember that you can talk about this to your registered training organisation at any stage during the training.

What to include in the training plan

The training plan must specify the following:

the competencies to be obtained

the time-frame for achieving the competencies

the training to be undertaken

the delivery modes to be employed

the details (when, how and how much) of the time allocated outside routine work duties is for off-the-job training

who is responsible for the delivery and/or assessment of each competency

assessment details and arrangements

a record of any recognised prior learning (RPL) for qualifications and cross-credit hours granted prior to commencing the apprenticeship or traineeship. RPL involves the assessment of any existing relevant skills and/or qualifications. This crediting process can reduce the length of the off-the-job training or the duration of the overall apprenticeship or traineeship.
the name of the qualification to be issued

any other specific requirements to be met in accordance with the particular training contract in question


these two words are very different from each other:
plan means to predict that where the training would be held? It would be provided by whom? Who would be the trainees?
Program means overall training schedule.

From India, Delhi
Thank you very much. The explanation given helped greatly. In addition, I would appreciate it very much if you could show me examples of training program and training plan. Regards, Yahya
From Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam
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