Scrap the conflict

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Scrap the conflictOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today It’snot a case of traditional versus online training, says Investors in People UKCEO Ruth Spellman, trainers must look at what works for the individual as wellas what benefits the business Thereis a lot of hype about the conflict between e-learning and conventionaltraining methods. Is e-learning a fad or is the old way of learning just simplyuninspiring? Today’s businesses are increasingly aware of the need for peopledevelopment but the question is how is this best achieved? The fact that thereis merit in both forms of training doesn’t make it an easy choice. Themain benefits of e-learning are flexibility and control: employees can learn asand when it suits them. This is becoming increasingly important as theworkforce changes to include individuals from all walks of life. Workingmothers and part-time workers, for example, can benefit from being able to fittraining around their already hectic schedules. For returners to work or thosewanting to develop their IT skills, e-learning has the additional advantage ofimproving familiarisation with technology and software packages. Traditionalclassroom-based learning, however, also has its advantages. While e-learningdoes mean employees can learn in their own time, this can create a sense of isolation.Learning in a group allows for team-building – it is fun, interactive andsociable. It is also an escape from the routine of everyday work. Another keybenefit is the presence of a tutor to provide support and guidance.Sowhich method is best? The answer is actually quite simple. Both options offerkey training benefits and these should be tailored to suit individualproductivity and business performance. Investorsin People UK strongly believes employees need a proper development plan,closely aligned with the organisation’s objectives. These plans need to takeinto account employee needs, and ensure they meet broader business aims. However,it recognises that no two people and no two organisations are the same andtraining needs will vary from business to business. Training should, above all,be relevant and appropriate whether it be online or in the classroom.Today,businesses have a dazzling array of learning methods available to them:materials and technology to suit every business and budget. It may be that acombination of traditional and modern training methods will work best. Soit’s not a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’. The conflict neednot exist. Learning via the Web is not a replacement for learning in theclassroom -the two can complement each other, offering companies a powerfultool to unite people development with business goals.RuthSpellman is CEO of Investors in People UK and chairwoman of the VoluntarySector NTO England Committee read more

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