The internet of training
LOCAL business says web assisted programs reducing training time by 30% to 60%.
Tuesday 07 February 2017
Mackay based training provider MyneSight says its decision to roll out a hybrid online and practical program for its Standard 11 refresher course represents the future of training in the resources sector.
There are a large number of miners who currently need to refresh their chosen competencies in the Standard 11 for coal mining, primarily because of legislated refresher requirements.
MyneSight General Manager Tony Mapp, says multiple sites, smaller class numbers and a greater emphasis on time efficiency has driven the demand for a more flexible way of updating qualifications.
“The blended delivery method we have chosen recognises that some competencies within the Standard 11 for coal mines requires a practical session in order to fully meet the requirements of the competency standards,” he told Shift Miner.
“Particularly in areas such as first aid, fire, hazard identification and risk management.
“The practical session also provides us with an opportunity to verify that the trainee who attends the training actually has the knowledge demonstrated in the on-line component of the course.
“However, the online component allows the trainee to complete some part of the training while travelling to or from a site, in their camp accommodation or at home at night.
“In the case of the contractor workforce, a large part of this training is undertaken in the trainee’s own time, outside of normal work hours.
“We calculate that using web-based technology to complement our face to face training, reduces the program time by around a third, and in classroom hours by about 60 percent.
“Which is a big cost saving for everyone involved.”
In completing the online training, miners just require a web-enabled computer, phone or tablet to log onto the www.standard11.com.au website.
They then provide some information on their training history before being issued with a unique registration key and starting the program relevant to them.
Upon completion of the web based component, they register for their face to face session, where they can also work through any issues identified during the online part of their training.
Looking to the future, Mr Mapp predicts everyone in training and the resources sector more broadly will be looking for ways to utilise technology to gain efficiencies in cost and time.
“The emerging workforce is very tech savvy, and that encourages the industry to move away from traditional classroom based training methods,” he said.
“The use of tablets for digitised forms, presentation aids, and assessment evidence gathering tools, are just some of the ways we are using technology within our business.
“But the key to using this technology is to ensure that the training and assessment methods remain, robust, secure, sufficient, fair and valid.
“So far, we have had an exceptionally good take up and response to the new program, and we will be rolling out a “working at height refresher” program this month,” he told Shift Miner.
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