Training trends we’ve seen in 2021
Our construction industry is going through an exciting period of change. The UK’s construction industry is a massive part of the economy and directly responsible for the careers of millions of people. But the industry is changing—all the time. From the adoption of cloud-based applications to the changing working practices in the industry, things are changing.
One of the things that are changing is the way the industry trains its workers. With much of this year spent trying to configure training rooms to allow for social distancing and covid-19 measures, what will the future of training trends in construction look like?
This month, Energy Training look at the 2022 training trends and what we can expect from training classrooms next year for the construction industry.
Apprenticeships and on the tools learning
Apprenticeships have always been popular in the construction industry. Bringing employees in to learn on the job whilst having time to study is an excellent way of providing physical training that you just can’t get in the classroom. Apprenticeships are not going anywhere, with colleges and training centres still very much advocating for them and more school leavers moving into a construction apprenticeship rather than continuing with traditional A-levels.
One element that makes apprenticeships work so well is that mentors are able to visit students whilst they are onsite and assess their knowledge and skills in a practical way. This gives the employer a chance to continue with their day to day work and the student a chance to show off their skills and work they are completing. We may see simulations and VR make their way into training trends for 2022, but unfortunately for the construction industry, practical work is always going to be the winner.
Micro-learning and E-learning set to increase
The rise of the internet has made learning accessible to almost anyone at any time, anywhere. The use of micro-learning, or e-learning via video, will continue to increase as more people find it easier than ever before to learn from their computers or mobile devices. With an increasing number of companies offering online courses, the demand for these types of programs will only continue to grow.
Mobile learning is becoming ubiquitous, and as such, mobile devices are now capable of delivering much richer experiences than ever before. The rise of smartphones and tablets means that employees can access learning content anytime, anywhere. This allows companies to deliver more ambitious goals to their staff, including developing talent across multiple disciplines.
However, with much of the construction industry relying on practical training and plant driving tests, other than compliance and health and safety, we are not sure whether an e-learning video would be suitable for teaching your construction teams how to pass the NPORS test; successfully!
Compliance workshops that won’t make you want to have a snooze
Compliance is essential for the construction industry, and the training for this is unavoidable. The construction industry is a rather complex sector and involves a lot of compliance. There’s a lot to cover from health and safety, legality, building standards, and insurance requirements. Granted, it’s never going to be your favourite topic; however, it’s a necessity for a safe site. By completing your compliance training, you can ensure that you are taking your responsibilities seriously and you are consistently working to make your site a safe place for visitors, contractors, employees and the general public.
We know that as soon as you heard the word compliance, you probably switched off a little. Compliance workshops are notorious for being boring and sleep worthy. Classroom compliance workshops took a hit alongside everything this year, with most traditional workshops moving online to zoom or e-learning. This may be set to continue into training trends for 2022, as being online makes the workshop much more fun and interactive. These courses are easily accessible for all and, combined with microlearning, make the session much more enjoyable.
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Energy Training will be here to support your team training in 2022
The construction industry is one of the most important industries in the world. It is a massive sector that not only keeps the economy going but also offers a number of job opportunities to people. But, the industry is also very competitive, and the way things are going, it’s only going to get more challenging in the coming decade.
In the year 2022, the world is going to be a much different place. New construction materials and different building designs are going to be introduced, as well as new safety standards. If you’re planning on staying in this industry, you’re going to have to get updated with the 2022 training trends. Luckily, Energy Training will be on hand to support your construction team with all their training and compliance needs. To book your next training course or speak to a member of the team, get in contact with Energy Training today.