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Mobile learning can save you money on training

These days an increased emphasis is put on training within PQQs, tenders and even accreditation applications. How can you deliver this training in a more economical way?

You should decide what is required for a certain period of time – 12 months, for example.

Look at what qualifications expire, such as first aid or SMSTS, but also what skills or qualifications may be required when future work comes in.

The other advantage of preparing a simple training plan is that it allows you to claim more CITB Grant. It is then a matter of working out how you deliver the training most economically.

21st century learning

Historically this has been in a classroom but e-learning is becoming more popular.

A classroom course usually takes three hours. The trainer may cost around £250, which, for a class of 15 people, works out at £17 each. Far more costly, however, is the downtime on site for half a day per person.

“People don’t like attending courses, so to be able to take an hour off and do the training is appealing”

An equivalent e-learning course costs anything between £10 and £20, but the time taken for the course is around 45 minutes, saving cost and lost production. The only requirement is an internet connection.  

Even if a site doesn’t have a broadband connection, modern technology allows remote access to the internet. People can work on tablets, smartphones and laptops on site or at home.

How mobile learning works

There are two basic formats for e-learning courses: video and text. Videos are often a lot more informative than text and can be made very visual and hard-hitting.

Text with no audio allows the learner to do the course at his or her own pace, whereas text with audio means the learner has to read the text at the same pace (or faster) than the voice-over.

Usually both text and video-based courses allow the learner to rewind so that they can ensure they have understood what is being communicated.

Most e-learning courses have a few questions after each section and a test at the end, the pass rate for which you can specify.

Some allow multiple attempts at the questions, which may not be that useful in terms of learning, so it is up to you to check out the best options on the marketplace.

Does it work? Our feedback has been positive – people don’t like attending courses, so to be able to take an hour off and do the training is appealing.

For employers it means that you can be far more proactive with the training people have, but at a fraction of the cost.

Tony Willson is managing director of e-Learning for Construction

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