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In an industry like construction, there is a large need for skilled workers who know the ins and outs of regulations, processes and equipment. With a considerably high turnover rate and an expected 41 million jobs to be left vacant due to retirees, there is a large gap in these trained workers. On top of that, it can take upwards of two years to complete an apprenticeship, for which companies sometimes simply don’t have the time or resources.

As older generations age out and the gap continues to increase, organizations are looking at alternative training methods to get new workers up to speed quickly and efficiently. Veteran trainers are no longer available to train new employees or able to accommodate the number of incoming trainees needed.

In addition to a decrease in skilled teachers, standard one-on-one experiences aren’t applicable to the younger generations’ modernized learning preferences. Instead, these younger workers prefer visual learning and constant access to information, such as videos and easy internet searches when questions arise. Companies can adapt their training methods to prepare field workers for the job in a condensed manner and optimize the methods and practicality of learning.

What is eLearning
Educating workers on the job is no easy feat. eLearning allows companies to train their new employees, or even provide new training to current employees through a digital solution. Workers are able to access lessons and materials online and outside of a traditional classroom setting, reaching more trainees in a quicker amount of time without running thin on resources.


With eLearning capabilities, current employees can also stay up to date on new tools such as how to use a field service software in their everyday workflow. This training doesn’t have to take time out of their already busy schedule, delaying projects and other important tasks. Instead, workers can come up to speed at their own pace, making sure they understand the material and on their own schedule, whenever they have the time.

Three ways to optimize eLearning
Companies need to be creative with the tools they use to accommodate for the increase of trainees and a decrease in time available for training. With the younger generations more accustomed to visual learning and technology, digital solutions help cater to their learning styles through interactive lessons and videos. Here are three ways companies can optimize their training methods through eLearning.

1. Interactive Lessons
Interactive lessons are a great resource for giving workers hands-on experiences without putting them in the field. Using simulations or other interactive lessons keeps trainees engaged and assures they know what they are doing before diving right in. For example, training with an equipment simulation can help workers understand how the tools work before using them in the field.

2. Assessments and Quizzes
Online assessments and quizzes are crucial to test workers’ knowledge and make sure they know the necessary information, especially before moving on to the next lessons or training module. With the eLearning capabilities, workers can take these exams whenever they are ready, without delaying others from moving forward in their training. For example, using quizzes to assess how well workers, new and veteran, know the rules and regulations in the industry.

3. Visuals
With the younger generation being keen on visual learning, using their number-one learning style is key. To do this, videos are essential in making sure they comprehend the lessons being taught. Incorporating videos into training modules actually shows the applicable aspects of what they need to do and how they can do it. For example, when a new field service software is being implemented, videos on how to use the software, such as filling out digital forms, can help better integrate the solution into everyday workflow.

Training workers in an efficient and effective manner is hard, but eLearning capabilities allow for a smooth process, enabling field workers to come up to speed at their own pace and on their own schedule while still ensuring they understand the content and requirements. These methods allow companies to optimize their resources and implement practicality of training without compromising the quality of education for their trainees.
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