In today’s business environment, investments in learning and development have the power to deliver more benefit to more people than ever before through new technology and delivery. The need to be up-to-speed is felt keenly in sectors where ways of working are evolving quickly. But, budgets are lean and there is a raft of providers offering training.
So, if you’re looking to organise a training course, searching for a provider, or to attend as a delegate here are some tips from the team at Petrospot on what to look out for:
Micro-learning: Short spurts of learning in bite-sized chunks suit our ever-shrinking attention span! Micro-learning enables learners to digest short chunks of learning in ways that are engaging and often interactive. Beyond the training room, participants can be given the autonomy to engage with micro-content in their own time, perhaps with a short quiz at the end to focus the mind and aid retention.
Accelerated learning: A library of modules is invaluable for new and ongoing training, and business continuity, for example when someone needs to get up-to-speed quickly. Alongside more comprehensive learning, accelerated ‘boot-camps’ or individual modules can deliver results fast and be put into practice immediately.
Heavyweight content: In our industry heavy content is sometimes unavoidable. Condensing a training module down to the size of a flash card would be tough if it were all text but we now have a variety of tools to make this type of content more digestible. Content such as manuals can be broken down into modules with deadlines set for small chunks of content, presented as interesting graphics, or turned into engaging short videos.
Engagement: Regardless of the format, training should include opportunities for interaction with other participants as well as the trainer(think of forums on MOOCS – Massive Open Online Courses) . Content is most engaging when the leader uses storytelling and examples to bring learning to life and presents it in bite-sized chunks which the brain processes more effectively. To increase engagement use handhelds such as phones to provide easy access to their learning and to track progress.
Introducing Petrospot training courses
Last year Oil Recruitment announced our partnership with Petrospot. Petrospot offers training courses in bunkering, shipping and marine surveying in almost 70 countries around the world. Petrospot’s courses are taught by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in the maritime sector who are willing and able to offer informed advice to former students throughout their subsequent careers.
A selection of Petrospot’s 2017 courses
Shipping & Bunker Training – Singapore – 27-28 April