ETC’s safety professionals are serious about safety and it shows in their work, especially when it comes to training. They believe that Face-to Face Instructor-Led Training is beneficial for the following reasons:
Individual Attention & Adaptability
In a face-to-face setting, instructors observe and interact with the students. This gives them the unique perspective to sense if a student is understanding the topic; if there is a learning barrier that needs to be addressed; etc. The instructor can also provide company/industry specific information.
Our modern lifestyle lends itself to distractions and interruptions. Attendees of instructor-led training classes have an easier time focusing on the content of the course without the distractions that may occur in an e-learning setting. Being in a dedicated training space also makes absorbing the material easier for some students.
Our subject matter experts encourage discussion and answer questions during class. Most of them make themselves available by phone or email to answer students’ questions that may arise after class at their workplace. Client feedback has shown that having access to a trusted expert in their field has proven invaluable on many occasions.
Students have the opportunity to learn from each other by sharing their experiences as they relate to the topics being discussed. Another benefit to student-to-student contact is that it can help them build a network of peers in similar industries. One of our instructors mentioned the social aspect of classroom training. He has found that with so many ways to communicate without actual face-to-face contact, people are not learning the nuances of personal interaction. A group setting gives students an opportunity to interact with others on a professional level which is necessary in business.
Hands-On, Group Exercise Training
There are some industries/occupations that are required to have hands-on, group exercise training. As we were discussing training options, it was unanimous among our instructors that any initial training should be done with an instructor even if there isn’t a hands-on component.
As an employer, injuries/accidents are costly both financially and emotionally. The cost of training is always a consideration, but don’t overlook the benefits of face-to-face instructor-led training when determining your training requirements.