The benefits of online training to your organisation

Training can be delivered in a wide range of ways, some better suited to particular situations than others. We're not going to suggest that online is the best solution for every training need, though it's surprising how many organisations are now beginning to take advantage of e-learning to deliver increasingly complex and sophisticated training packages.

In the last few years there have been many improvements in the design of e-learning programmes and in the technology used to produce and deliver them, making it possible to create interesting, effective training programmes available online at a cost that compares favourably with other more traditional methods.  At E-Skills Matters we understand that you want to see positive benefits from the investment you make in training, regardless of how it is delivered. So, what are the specific advantages of moving to online training?

Flexibility

Training can be delivered at any time or place, with no minimum numbers required. Short modules make it easier to fit into the working day. Staff remain on site, improving productivity by reducing the time lost compared with conventional workshop based training. Staff can learn at their own pace, not that dictated by others.

Quality

With an online package you get consistency. Every trainee sees the same material and is tested in the same way (particularly important if the training covers some statutory or regulatory requirement). You get the training you want, not interpreted by the trainer and not affected by any external factors. Individual learners are tracked by the system and any potential problems can be identified and dealt with.

Cost

Costs compare well with other training methods but are affected by the complexity of your requirements and the number of staff undertaking the training. Bear in mind some of the hidden costs involved in bringing in outside trainers or using in-house facilities such as travel, refreshments and loss of productivity. It's also worth considering the environmental impact. Online training has a significantly lower carbon footprint than other types of workshop or classroom based learning.