Health and Safety – Construction

CeLS proprietor led the project to redesign ‘Health and Safety Learning Materials’ into a single comprehensive e-learning programme. The following is written by the customer (LLITE).

The issue

“Employers, particularly in the construction industry, are facing a problem. Staff need to be trained if they are to increase the value they offer to any business, and new recruits frequently fall short of the basic standards a business expects. The dilemma in addressing these skills shortages is that staff need to attend training courses, or go to college to study. This means taking time off work, which is made more complicated, particularly in construction, when employees may be working across construction sites around the country.

Another problem is that recruits in manual or craft-based positions tend to be practical people, who don’t necessarily enjoy a traditional, academic approach to learning. As providers of training, LLITE is increasingly finding employers asking if there is any other way that people can learn that would solve these problems”.

The solution

LLITE have found the simple answer is to offer training online. They worked closely with Paul to create a web-based training course that makes use of images, interactive animations and multiple-choice questions, which was designed for non-academic learners.

This method enables people to study for an NVQ without having to attend classroom-based sessions and it is not dependent on them attending a particular college. It also allows users to progress at whatever speed suits them best, regardless of the learning speed of their peers.

The benefits

One of the most impressive features of online learning is its immediacy. Learners receive instant feedback through the results they are seeing on screen. Employers are attracted to this sort of learning resource because they don’t lose their employee during busy periods, and can therefore maintain continuity and efficiency. In addition learners have the flexibility to study at home, in their own time and at their own pace. It gives shift workers the opportunity to access the course whenever they want from wherever they are. The course itself engages the learners with the use of interactive animations and questions, which help test key learning points in the training.

The LLITE system doesn’t only benefit students – it helps professional tutors, who work in industry concurrently, as well.