Understanding how people learn, develop, and retain information is essential for managers and leaders whose responsibility it is to ensure their team are getting the most out of their workplace training, and for supporting an efficient business structure.
This article explores some of the key principles of effective training so that those in leadership roles can ensure that the training they offer is appropriate and beneficial to their team as individuals, and the wider organization.
Use it as a checklist to make sure you’re offering the best possible training for your team.
For training to be effective, each and every learner must engage with the course.
Learner engagement improves motivation, speed, and ease of learning. It is also thought that learners who are fully engaged are able to retain information for longer.
In order to encourage learner participation and engagement, training courses should offer experiential learning (where participants have the opportunity to experience the skills/tasks rather than merely observe them) while also promoting individual and team interaction through the sharing of ideas and understanding.
Small group courses, interactive eLearning, live online sessions, and classroom-based courses are all great for encouraging learner engagement, so check your current training provider offers at least some, or all, of these options – especially if your team are finding it difficult to engage with current learning modules.
Repetition is another key factor in effective workplace training and is linked to retention levels.
Research has shown that “The more times an event occurs, the more traces of that event are placed in memory. According to this multiple-trace theory, repetition improves learning because finding at least one trace of an event becomes easier when there are more traces of that event in memory.”
For learners to really retain the information gained via workplace training, repetition, preferably in small, ‘bite-sized’ learning modules are proven to be beneficial.
Courses or modules which cover similar content, and which are frequently and easily accessible for your team, work well for improving retention rates and encourage imbedded learning.
Alongside learning, which is engaging and repetitive, it is also essential that learning be relevant to those undertaking the training.
This helps to reinforce skills, as learners are more able to engage effectively with meaningful content which is relevant to their day-to-day skill sets.
Learning which is centred around the solving of common workplace problems (for instance, teamwork, leadership roles, resilience, or diversity and inclusion) have relevance for virtually every learner as there is a practical application to the course which benefits their work culture, and their daily working lives.
At Creative Word Training, we have created courses based on the above principles by working with trainers who have years of industry experience alongside their passion for teaching and education.
The result of this fusion is courses with high transference to the workplace, and which are engaging and relevant to learners.
We offer a range of learning experiences from online live sessions to classroom-based courses, with options to create bespoke courses tailored to your particular requirements.
We also specialize in legal training and work with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department to offer quality CLPD accredited training courses.