The combination of instructor-led and online training is the best approach to learning and to equipping people with the necessary skills to add immediate value to the market.
This is the view of management at iLearn, a national specialist provider of ONSITE instructor-led and ONLINE e-learning training methodologies. The company offers a range of flexible training solutions that cover business skills, IT desktop applications, IT technical, design, media and language courses.
Richard Rayne, Managing Director of iLearn, believes a blended learning solution incorporates an online course to facilitate the initial acquisition of knowledge on a generic basis and shorter instructor-led sessions to ensure effective application in the workplace.
"An issue businesses often sit with in terms of deploying a learning solution is a lack of flexibility and scalability. This limitation impacts on the successful rollout of much-needed training. A blended solution addresses this issue by offering a flexible but realistic framework for tuition,' says Rayne.
There is clear advantage to both models says Rayne and the combination adds measurable value.
"Online training provides greater flexibility to be able to learn in your own time and pace and mostly applicable for people who find it difficult to commit to a set date or prefer to learn in private. Courses can be accessed for a year and have the ability to redo as many times as required,' he adds.
At the same time onsite instructor-led sessions are also convenient in receiving training at a client?s premises also in more manageable chunks, with the benefit of personal instruction Rayne continues.
iLearn management say people can use assessment services to confirm the efficiency and success of the blended learning solution.
"We know that training and skills development are critical to efforts to strengthen the economy. Current economic conditions are compelling decision makers to select people with sought after skills sets,' Rayne adds.