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Picking the Right Training Organization

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Do you know how to juggle? What about close-up magic? Card trick? Play piano? The guitar? What about tap dancing? If the answer is yes to any of those queries, then chances are that you didn’t just know how to do any of them. You probably got someone to train you to do those things.

That’s what makes training so important. It’s how you gain new skills and then develop those skills. Practice makes perfect and all that.

The thing is, however, that not all training is equal. Sometimes, you can get trained but either the trainer or the methods are not adequate and you end up not learning the new skill that you wanted to learn.

Alternatively, they may not have the best training methods and those methods may not work for you and the result is the same; wasted time and no new skill to show for it. That’s not exactly an ideal result.

Training is very important in all industries. But it can be particularly important in enterprises where high risk operations are performed.

There’s also the importance of reliability, for safety and for efficiency.

Being properly trained is important.

Making Sure Trainers Know Their Trade

Alright, if you want to learn how to play the guitar, you go to a guitar player and not a drummer. The drummer might know a thing or two about playing the guitar, but the guitar player is a true specialist in the instrument so they’re more likely to know what they’re doing which means they’re more likely to allow you the develop the skills you are after.

If you work in the electrical industry, it’s important that you pick a training program designed by people who actually know what they’re doing and have some level of experience within the electrical industry.

The Importance of Short Courses

Right, so maybe you and your people are already properly trained. Maybe they all know what to do and how to do it competently. At least, they know for now. But industries change and evolve and the knowledge that you all have now may not be sufficient in the longer term.

Take for example sailors; an expert sailor who grew up in the 15 century will be completely clueless when looking at a modern vessel’s console. That sailor may have been an expert at one point in time, but now their skills simply won’t suffice anymore.

It may take more than a quick refresher course to get that sailor up to par with modern methods. Luckily, time hasn’t marched as far for you and your people as it has for that hypothetical sailor, so a short courses should be adequate to get you and your people up to speed with new regulations, methodologies and technologies.

Software Updates

A lot of industries use some form of standardised software. However, software updates and sometimes, a work site may change its program because someone from on high decided that the new program was more cost-effective.

These changes in software can be confusing for people. Not everyone is tech-savvy and not all software is user-friendly, which means that they’ll be difficult to use regardless of how well a person can use their tech.

It’s of utmost importance to be trained in new software, whether it be from updates or from a wholesale change in program. If your people don’t know how to use the software, then they’re not going to be able to operate at peak efficiency if they can operate at all. You’ll want your people to know how to do more than just COPY+PASTE.

They say that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. To some extent, that’s true. People get set in their ways. They do something long enough, they start to convince themselves that the only way to do it right is to do it their way.

But people aren’t dogs learning new tricks, it is of paramount importance to keep things running smoothly and to not be left behind.

If you’re ready to learn a few new tricks, contact Power & Plant Training right now.

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