The benefits of e-learning – should you consider a change?

Companies have often favoured classroom-based training to educate their staff to a high standard – although, in the current climate, classroom training has become too costly for most.

Recently companies have been turning to e-learning solutions to either fully or partially replace more expensive classroom-based training. This is particularly the case within the oil and gas industry, where there is a need to drive down costs but maintain staff competency and safety.

We have highlighted just some of the benefits of e-learning below:


Cost is undoubtedly one of the biggest deciding factors when choosing the type of training, and is probably the most important benefit of e-learning over classroom training.

The cost implications for classroom training can include; training course development, the training material, the trainer themselves, delegate day-rate, possibly travel and subsistence.

Whereas the financial implication for e-learning are the cost of the delegate licence and, if required, the initial course development.

A guaranteed consistent message

Companies want to ensure that staff receive a clear and consistent message. By providing e-learning courses they can be absolutely certain that every delegate has been provided with the information the company wishes to impart in a consistent manner.

Self-paced learning

gone are the days of delegates rushing through areas of courses that they don’t fully understand and potentially failing because a class moved too quickly for them. E-learning is the perfect way for each delegate to work at his or her own pace to complete the course, allowing them to take the relevant notes and revisit screens as may times as they need, to understand and retain the information.

Learning Management System (LMS)

An LMS allows companies to have all the delegate information, including scores and certificates, recorded in one, easy to access place.

More training for the budget

Through reduced costs, whilst maintaining a consistent message, a user-friendly LMS system makes it easier for increased numbers of staff to complete courses and expand their knowledge in relevant health and safety areas, allowing them to keep both themselves and the company safe.

Ease of access

Delegates can access the course anywhere, anytime and complete it at a time that suits them. Don’t worry, our courses can even be taken where there is low or intermittent internet connectivity.

Find out more about our Low Bandwidth courses here

Reduction in carbon footprint

We are all far more conscious of our carbon footprint. E-learning allows companies to ditch the course work-packs, throw away the paper-based assessments and even remove the requirement for a hard copy certificate… and that’s without taking into account any travel implications.

We understand that there are definitely times when classroom training is the most appropriate option, however we are finding that more and more companies are turning to off-the-shelf or bespoke e-learning solutions to replace their classroom courses. Apprehension regarding the quality and relevance of the courses and concerns that they may not adhere to the company’s policies or reach their standards are understandable.

Wouldn’t it be ideal to have e-learning courses which not only reflect your company but are also tailored to match your exact course requirements?

We’ve come up with a range of solutions – from company branding of generic courses, to developing customised content for your organisation.

Our in-house Creative Learning Team is experienced in all areas of training and course production. We can assist you with utilising your current classroom materials to create cost effective e-learning solutions that will meet the same learning outcomes, or work with you from scratch to develop a brand new, bespoke course.

With rapid return on investment, your staff can complete e-learning courses which:

  • Have been customised or designed from your companies specifications
  • Are interactive, including real-life scenarios
  • Are assessment based, with certifications upon completion
  • Can be built to include multi-language functionality, allowing delegates to toggle between languages
  • Can be designed for low bandwidth capability for remote users with low connectivity.

Do you want to find out more about our Creative Learning Team and how we can help you Make Work Safethen get in touch today.

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