Interactive training

Published:  14 June, 2007

Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES), the engineering services organisation within the Corus Group, is now offering a range of e-Learning training courses, including industrial and professional engineering training, health and safety and induction training, to customers outside of the Corus Group, tailored to the customer's specific needs.

Nick O"Hara, business development engineer, training at CNES, comments: "Although we manufacture steel, Corus and CNES has built up a wealth of training expertise in many areas that we are now applying successfully to other manufacturing companies, outside of the steelmaking industry.” These courses include condition monitoring as well as many other areas, including materials handling, project management, risk assessment, ATEX training, health & safety, and induction courses.”

According to O’Hara, many training courses are traditionally “pedagogical” in their approach. In other words, the courses are reliant on the experience of the instructor(s), are therefore personal, inconsistent, crucial information can be missed, competence assessment can be open to abuse and the courses are generally not interactive and are open to interpretation. “The more modern approach, and the way we do things here at Corus, is to be andragogical in our training techniques. This means having a learning environment that is active, engaging, student-centred and where the training is initiated by the person’s inner drive, not by an instructor. Therefore, we’ve developed a range of e-Learning training courses which use the interactive, andragogical methods. This can involve simple, self-assessment questions right up to full-blown simulations of plant, processes and systems.”

E-Learning courses offered by CNES include a range of techniques and media. These might include interactive CD-ROMs, Internet, Intranet, audio/voiceover, instant feedback mechanisms and audit trail information. The courses are stimulating and engaging, cost effective, easily translated and offer consistent messages. Students can also learn at their own pace and at their own PC. But there are benefits for the business too. E-Learning courses free up resources, because you don’t need an instructor, are repeatable and consistent in their delivery, and they encourage employees to learn by their own mistakes.

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