Expenditure on training can be exorbitant for companies, particularly when it comes to travel and accommodation costs. To address this, Bytes People Solutions has provided a cost-effective alternative by creating a realtime training centre at its headquarters in Midrand, which allows people in Durban and Cape Town to participate in live instructor-led training programmes run from the centre.Learners can see and hear the facilitator, interact in group discussions with other participants and receive assistance when doing labs.
The realtime training environment comprises video conferencing equipment and an interactive white board. The content on the whiteboard is projected through the video conferencing equipment and is broadcast on 47-inch LCD screens in each location around the country. The interactive white board allows for the images to be saved to file for later use. Connectivity between the different locations is achieved by means of diginet lines.
“This technology enables seamless integration between the whiteboard and video conferencing endpoints,” says Pieter Nel, customer relationship executive at Bytes People Solutions. “Interactive whiteboards increase learner participation and allow participants to interact with dynamic content and live presenters. Course facilitators can share and communicate content with learners in the same room and with those in other cities.”
Nel says this new offering enables Bytes People Solutions clients to save money on travel, reduce their carbon footprint, and increase productivity as employees spend less time travelling and more time doing their jobs.
“Another benefit of this technology is that it has lowered the costs of many of our offerings,” says Nel. “Highly specialised technology courses are more affordable as we are able to attract larger numbers of participants per training intervention. It alsomeans we can run courses more frequently and that people around the country now have access to highly qualified facilitators who are not readily available outside of Johannesburg.”
Bytes People Solutions is extending an invitation to people to come and view the facilities for themselves. “This is state-of-the-art technology that is enabling us to offer greater access to training on specialised products from vendors like Microsoft, Oracle, Citrix, VMwas and CompTIA in a professional and comfortable environment. We welcome human resources and training managers to come and experience the realtime classroom and see how it can benefit their companies.”