What does Virtual Training mean?
Virtual Training Means Learning For All
There is an amazing organization called “Education for All"which works to make schooling available to children all around the world. It is a global commitment to provide basic education for all children and youths. We can all agree that education is highly important, so why does learning and development for adults suffer in some organisations?
In their infographic article, Go-Gulf writes about the importance of employee training. They show statistics that show investing in your employees’ training can fuel benefits in areas like profit margin, employee retention and even productivity rates. So why isn’t every organisation investing in training their employees?
It is often the case that traditional face to face (F2F) training takes part in the main offices or larger hubs in an organisation, which means sometimes, the people working in smaller satellite locations, or locations far from the central hub, miss out.
Many organisations have reduced the number of internal deliverers for training and now rely on a combination of fewer internal trainers and more external providers. They are focusing their L&D functions on strategy, digital learning and programme management. Whereas before, there was enough resource to train employees in more distant locations, now it is the duty of the learner to travel to the training. This method create multiple challenges.
A retail client told us that travelling around the country to train employees wasn’t practical for them as in the smaller stores, it wasn’t possible to release more than 2 people at a time to participate in the training. This was due to needing a consistent staff presence on the shop floor.
Another client, a large global bank, told us that they had imposed a travel limit for meetings and training. They found this created an over reliance on e-learning which didn’t deliver the changes in behaviour they needed to see. They also discovered that some areas of the business were missing out entirely on interactive training due to the travel ban.
E-learning can be an effective tool and work very well, but learners also need the opportunity to interact, practice, share experiences and ask questions with other learners. For example, learning how to coach others has plenty of content to be consumed via reading, watching YouTube or studying an e-learning module, but ultimately, learners need to practice it, gather feedback and watch others in order to improve in their coaching skills.
One client had an office in a beautiful corner of Scotland. If employees wished to take part in a F2F training workshop, they were required to travel to the centre of England for it resulting in a day and a half’s travel; incurring huge costs of time, coin and carbon.
As this was not cost effective for short training workshops, the employees simply didn’t attend. For longer programmes, they would make the journey and be away from home for an entire week, impacting on their home and social lives.
So, how do we help businesses address these consistent distance challenges?
Virtual Training Workshops mitigates the need for any travel or large financial expense while still delivering the required training in a fun, engaging way for all learners, regardless of their location.
With the constant improvement of Virtual Training tech and the increased comfort of use, companies are empowered to run more Virtual Training workshops with ease. It allows employees to learn and interact together with other colleagues from different locations or countries from wherever they may be.
They can still practice, debate, share ideas and work on their soft skills; everything that can be achieved in a F2F workshop, just live and online. The results and experience are just as good, if not sometimes better than F2F, and most importantly, it doesn’t matter where colleagues are based. It delivers Learning for All, any time, every time.
Not sure what Virtual Training is, or if it is for you? Here’s a bit more reading to clear things up for you - ‘What is Virtual training and is it right for you?’
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