Advantages of On-Site Training
- Modify the content to your specific needs
- Protect company privacy
- Workers remain on site in case of an emergency
- Saves time and travel costs
- Instructors can discuss your specific equipment
- Problems can be openly discussed
- Flexible scheduling
- Increased price savings as the groups get larger
- Promote teamwork & camaraderie among workers
- More comfortable learning environment
Other Advantages of Live Learning
1. Non-standard & equipment specific issues can be addressed – Sometimes you have a problem that just isn’t addressed in a textbook, video or online training course.
2. Horizons are broadened – Hearing the thoughts and questions of others can make all the difference in the world when it comes to training. You never know when someone will say something that makes it click for someone else in the class.
3. Hands on training and demonstrations – It’s one thing to read about properly wiring a receptacle; it’s another thing actually doing it. Touching, hearing, and being able to say “what if I do it like this” are all benefits of live training.
4. Current Topics are covered – Live training doesn’t get stale. If there is a new way of doing it, a news event that is relevant, or a new regulation that applies, it can be discussed immediately without waiting for updates and revisions.
5. Chance for Clarification - As good as some online courses, textbooks or videos are, sometimes the point still doesn’t get through. Live training allows clarifying questions so that students are 100% sure about the material they are learning.
6. Adaptation to the students’ needs – Different students learn differently. A canned training program takes a shotgun approach to learning, while live training accommodates a rifle approach for those who need it.
7. Better focus, fewer distractions – Live training is less likely to be interrupted by cell phones, people barging into a room, or boredom. Students are more likely to stay focused and less likely to skip information or lose train of thought.
8. Unexpected results – The best information a student comes away with may not have anything to do with the material being taught. Information about competitors, vendor resources, new tools or other unrelated information may make the difference in a person’s job. Self-study programs simply don’t allow for that type of information to be shared.
9. No IT hassles – How many hours are wasted on trying to get an online training course, webinar or video to work? Technology is getting much better, but with live training, you just show up and start learning.
10. Biggest bang for the buck – In study after study, live training provides greater retention for the student and covers more ground for the money than any other type of training. That is why even well into the 21st century, live classroom training is still the number one preferred method of training, and especially for people who work with their hands. You can check out statistics by visiting organizations like ASTD (American Society for Training and Development).