Why Should I Do Online Training?
Face to Face training is still favoured by most people as the best way to learn. Speaking from my own experience, the majority of learners will say you cannot replace the personal interaction between a good trainer (emphasis on good) and learner. Having the ability to pick the mind of the expert and have them answer questions no–one else can, cannot be replaced online.
However, finding the time to train can be very difficult for employers and individuals. Getting everybody into the same room at the same time can be a logistical nightmare; finding personal time can sometimes be even harder. For many organisations and individuals, online training is the solution.
Online training has been one of the top trends in learning and development in recent years. Online training brings many benefits to your business, such as ensuring your team is trained to a high standard without disruption to productivity, as well as being more affordable than face to face training. Personally, it can increase your knowledge and confidence, as well as improving your potential with existing or prospective employers
What exactly is Online Training?
As people are generally getting busier at work and in their personal lives, traditional classroom training may not be suitable for all. Online training (also known as e-learning or distance learning) is education or learning that takes place over the internet rather than in a face to face situation. Usually accessed by computer, phone or tablet by an individual, rather than groups of people.
What are the Benefits of Online Training?
No-Risk to Health
With the risk of infection from COVID-19 and other potentially life-threatening pathogens, face to face training can present a threat to life safety as well as the increased spread of the virus in the community. Online training can eliminate that risk as the learner will complete training alone instead of in a group. At the moment, this is probably the biggest benefit of online training.
Online Training is more Cost–Effective than Face to Face Training
Face-to-face courses can sometimes be a logistical nightmare for employers. What we intend to start as one training session can end up as multiple sessions, as we can never get everyone in the room at the same time.
Face-to-face courses are usually more expensive as you are paying for the time and expertise of the trainer.
With online training, you don’t have to pay for several days’ worth of training, on top of transport to training centres. Your employees can access their online training courses anywhere, anytime, making it more convenient and cost–effective. If you are training large groups, you are likely to get substantial discounts on the cost of training.
More Convenient than Face to FaceTraining
As online training is available anywhere at any time, learners won’t be under pressure to carry out work or be distracted with other activities.
We all learn at a different pace; some of us take more or less time to absorb and process information than others. Therefore Online training can be suitable for almost every learner.
Face-to-face training, on the other hand, is unlikely to be the ideal solution for everyone as some participants can get left behind.
Online training courses deliver the same content to everyone, and an exam usually measures this learning. Unlike classroom trainers, online training will never have a bad day, so you know all your employees will come away with the same quality of knowledge every time. Back up by evidence of exams.
Variety of Online Training
There tends to be a wider variety of online training programmes available when compared to face to face courses. As the cost of online training is usually a lot cheaper than face to face classes, multiple licences are more affordable to purchase thus giving access to a wide variety of lessons. With online training, staff can complete courses suited to their job, rather than everyone doing the same course as we want to fill the course quota to get value for money.
Accuracy of Online Training
Online courses are usually kept up to date by the provider. When a change is made on online training; it is made across the board with little chance of old versions floating around. Unlike printed notes and books that can end up with multiple revisions.
After completing an online course, employees will receive immediate results and feedback on their performance. Users can also track their progress and revisit areas of misunderstanding before completing the assessment. Additionally, the majority of online training courses provide each successful user with a certificate of completion. Learners can use certificates as evidence of compliance and professional development, making fantastic additions to their CV. Many courses also contribute to CPD hours.
In face to face training, some learners zone out after about 40 minutes unless the course is highly interactive and engaging. Interactive online courses will provide your learners with active learning, helping to increase their retention of course material. They will usually have activities that keep the learner entertained and challenged.
So there you have it, multiple reasons to consider Online training as an alternative or complement to classroom–based training. While you can never beat the interactivity of real face to face training (with an excellent instructor). Online training has so many benefits that cannot be ignored.
Either form of training can stand on its own; however, together Online training and Face to Face will ensure you are ahead of the competition.
Most online training will be certified by external awarding bodies who will confirm that the information within the course is accurate, engaging, relevant and compliant with the highest quality standards. They will audit the material and ensure the training provider continues to review their content or face losing the Stamp of Approval.
All Guardian Safety Online Training Courses are certified by at least one or a combination of the following Awarding Bodies:-
- RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
- CPD – Continuing Profession Development
- IIRSM – International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
- IATP – Independent Asbestos Training Providers