Each organisation has different requirements when it comes to GIS training for their staff. For instance, some departments may only need to use a GIS once or twice a month whilst other departments may need to have daily use. Some users will therefore need only to have a overview of the GIS system whilst others will need an in depth knowledge.
In the early 1980's gis systems were becoming available to a much wider audience than in previous decades. Up to this time some organisations had spent millions on specialised mainframe based solutions. These systems often had plotting capabilities which alone often cost between £50,000 and £100,000 per device. Taking inflation into account this represented an investment of more than £135,000 for a single monochrome electrostatic plotting device at today's prices. In the circumstances, thirty years ago gis systems were only available to the largest of organisations.
Joe Short BSc has been involved with various mapping solutions since 1993. If you are considering implementing a GIS or have ArcGIS, MapInfo or Quantum GIS training requirements I would be happy to be of assistance to your organisation.