Modern trainers need to take a deep dive into training needs
Training needs differ from business to business and completely differ for non-profit institutions since the segment of the millennials and post-millennials (generation – z) have different kind of perspectives for learning and gaining knowledge. And, millennials are either currently onboarding at their first job or they have been at the initial stages of their career. Just opposite to this, generation – z has different training needs as a generation – z is seeking learning to educate themselves.
Normally, trainers get bogged down into detailing and make beliefs that the education aspirants are more inclined towards attractive modes of learning. However, they are but this is a half-truth; learners of generation – z pays attention to the learning method which is creative yet value adding in their development. They keep no room for tolerating racism, any kind of differentiation among all and expect the same from organizations.
Again, training methods to cater the requirements of newly onboarded team members in corporates must be as effective as possible and scheduled in certain frequency. The learning purpose is to deliver crystal clear guidance to source out performance on projects. The approach to train employees should be much practical and exclude the lengthy sessions. So, they can reduce their time-to-competence and figure out own time to practice the knowledge.
Out of the above analysis, some key insights can be drawn. Let’s call them the essential skills trainers should possess or build up.
Essential skills and abilities trainers must develop
- Highly observant tendency.
- Empathetic behavior.
- Emphasis on overall development.
- Evaluate and measure the portfolio and performances to know the cause of changing knowledge retention percentage.
- Interactive but not commanding.
- Being specific in terms of delivering only expertise subjects to gain and maintain trust.
- Ability to use different modes while explaining different subjects. For example – Creating illustrations to explain scenarios, phenomena, definitions, etc.
- Identifying the requirements of scheduling the training and not considering it as a one-time event.
- Create and maintain progress matrices for traction.
- Value time of the learners.
- Self-evaluation within certain periods to check the productivity of the sessions conducted.
Along with skill development, trainers need to determine and explore modern training techniques such as microlearning, self-served guidance for the newly hired people and courseware programs through LMS for students.
“The average human attention has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. And, only 15% people successfully apply what they learn. Also, within just 30 days, almost 80% of the content is forgotten.”
To meet the anticipated requirements despite this low-attention span, bite-sized learning can work better. Modern LMS can fuel the attention score and help you to get good traction as it breaks the heavy courses into smaller and structured inputs.
Seeking out for training techniques based on functional division? Take a look at the below recommended platforms, they know your intent and fit your needs very well.
- Learning Management Platforms
Based on the learning purposes, the LMS market has been segmented as one for Academics and the other for Corporates. LMS offers flexible and secure e-learning with bunch of features to create courses, manage curriculum structure, assess data migration, tracking and reporting the progress. This sounds relaxing for the educators especially, as it has been a savior for them during and post-pandemic time to inculcate e-learning.
Learning management systems offer highly authenticated security and variety of installation options like cloud-based, on-premises and a few others. On administrative part, the LMS have features like training matrices, system integration with the existing apps.
Studies suggest that the LMS market is expected to grow from $9.2 billion in 2018 to $22.4 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 19.6%.
- Learning Experience Platforms
LXPs are designed to serves the learners whereas LMSs are for trainers. LXPs is having an emerging market in the current time. However, there are platforms like EdCast and Pathgather.
Companies can do away with stress if they wish to retain the knowledge among employees. With Edcast, they can facilitate users with upgraded information on different subjects through Smartcards, Pathways, Journey and motivate them to keep learning.
LXPs follow the concept of “one should not ever stop learning” and it reflects in their courses available on the LXPs.
- Microlearning Platforms
Bite-sized learning is the best way to improve attention-span of the learners which is lowering, we have discussed in the article above. Microlearning can be leveraged efficiently and deliver remarkable results as the duration of the training is shorter. Subsequently the costs of Microlearning are lower than the old-school traditional learning.
Microlearning tools like Podcasts, instructional videos, tutorials, interactive self-embedded guidance/walkthroughs etc. Are “learner-centric” and train people remotely.
As the competition is reaching heights, sectors, industries, organizations, employees, everyone wants to achieve an edge by gaining recognition. Therefore, training methods like microlearning which serves in the moment of need appears convincing and beneficial to save time and attain competency.
- Telecommuting tools for video conferencing
The increased distancing has been increasing the usage of telecommuting software to collaborate virtually. In 2020 pandemic, telecommute software like Zoom, Google Meet have been used for learning virtually like never before.
Whether to onboard a newly hired in the new normal or to deliver lecture on subjects, teachers and talent managers have been leveraging the video conferencing technology.
This asynchronous training method has advantages like the notes can be recorded, chat options to exchanges notes, screen-sharing for detailed onboarding.
Top training software that can be leveraged by modern trainers
To upskill the audience variety of training software are popular which can be opted and integrated into the existing system.
Some of the top training software technologies I have listed here which you can rely on.
If you have any specific ones, that can be added to the above list, please contact us!