OPINION: Hard-pressed firms consider online trainingJul 15, 2011 // Christian Reynolds
IT’S a sad fact that when cut- backs tear through an organisation, training is often one of the first things to be sacrificed from the budget.
The under-pressure economy is having a strong impact on training. In short, organisations’ training needs are not being met.
Training can often be seen by organisations, both large and small, as a costly inconvenience, not just in fees, but also in time away from an employee’s core role and responsibilities. However, training plays an essential role in protecting organisations legislatively and developing a more productive and profitable workforce.
E-learning marks a new age of training. It has been developed to accommodate the latest needs of organisations affected by changes in the economy.
Organisations are beginning to see the benefits of training their employees online. With fast, flexible and 24-hour accessible courses, e-learning provides organisations with a convenient training solution with minimal downtime needed to complete it.
It provides a flexible and cost-effective, in terms of fees and time, alternative to the traditional face-to-face training methods in just a few clicks.
Legislation changes mean training courses need to be updated accordingly. Combine this with the fast- paced, technology-driven and often impatient society of today, and you have a technology- driven training solution that has had to develop and adapt with the times in order to continue to meet the needs of the busy modern worker.
Recent technology advancements include mobile training with courses now available on smartphones and iPads. These developments give learners the ability to complete training during non-working hours; in their downtime and even on their commutes.
Face-to-face training is still popular with some organisations and has its own benefits. However, e-learning can provide a faster training solution and incorporates a range of features including data capture and analysis, allowing employers to track their employees’ progress.
E-learning, therefore, really is a growing trend providing organisations with a new age of training; one which fits perfectly within modern society.
DAVID DASHER is managing director of CPL Online, the e-learning division of CPL Training, in Birkenhead.