Training in a pandemic period

 

We have all had to find ways to adapt though the ever changing circumstances. Whether if it has been working from home, skype calls with relatives, fitness classes on zoom or moving to online grocery shopping. Phrases such as “social distancing” and “Contact Free” have become part of our everyday vocabulary.

Whilst work and education (where they cannot be performed from home) have remained as two of the reasons you can leave the house, we understand that many organisations have implemented a no-visitors policy to ensure the health and safety of their workplace.

We know that many of our clients are essential services and we’ve had a lot of conversations with clients about finding the balance between the risks faced in high risk activities such as working at heights and the risks of Covid-19.

As a training organisation we are doing everything we can to try and support you and your organisation in ensuring the health and safety of your workers.

Whilst face to face training will always be hard to beat for quality, we’ve reviewed the way that we can train and assess some of our courses and here is some insight for you;

 

Face to Face

Face to Face training can still be conducted with the correct control measures in place

  • Physical separation of participants and trainers of 1.5m
  • Ensuring that training rooms are large enough to allow for 4m2 per person
  • Handwashing and sanitising facilities are available
  • Cleaning of equipment between uses

 

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is by no means a new thing, it has been around for years. Some of you may have even completed courses such as First Aid this way.

Blended Learning is a term used in training that combined two or more learning methods together. Generally it is a combination of a form of distance learning and face to face but these may be;

  • Online self-paced learning
  • Pre-reading of workbooks
  • Workplace activities
  • Face to Face

Many of our courses can be delivered through a Blended Learning Model. This model gives the benefit of reducing the ammount of contact within a course. Workers are able to study in their own time or at a time that suits this gives a side benefit not losing 12 workers off the production line for an entire day. To give some insight into our blended learning here is a brief overview;

  • Participants enrol into the course online, the same way that they do for face to face
  • Once enrolled, participants receive access to the online self-paced component. This will involve them reading through the learning materials and completing theory assessment activities. Many of our courses also have a library of videos to further explain aspects or present practical scenarios
  • Once the online self-paced component has been completed, the participant will be required to attend a face to face practical skills component. This component can be delivered either onsite or at our Avalon Training Centre. This may be either one on one or as part of a group, depending upon your organisations requirements.

This learning method doesn’t necessarily suit all learning styles however our team is here to reach out in support.

Participants would need access to a computer or tablet with an internet connection.

 

Self-Paced Online

Some of our courses can be delivered as a self-paced online course which is a form of distance learning. Once again, this has the benefit of workers being able to study in their own time or at a time that suits. These courses would have zero requirement for face to face contact with an assessor. To give some insight into how this works;

  • Participants enrol into the course online, the same way that they do for face to face
  • Once enrolled, participants receive access to the online self-paced theory component. This will involve them reading through the learning materials and completing theory assessment activities. Many of our courses also have a library of videos to further explain aspects or present practical scenarios
  • Once the online self-paced theory has been completed, the participant will be required to complete and provide evidence of practical skills. To give an example, for a confined space entry course this would be;
    • Short videos showing the participant setting up at least 2 confined spaces for entry, entering the confined spaces and performing a tasks in the spaces.
    • A copy of the JSEA / SWMS and Permit used for the entries
    • A signed witness statement that they were observed by a workplace supervisor confirming that the person in the video is the person enrolled in the course.

This learning method doesn’t necessarily suit all learning styles however our team is here to reach out in support.

Participants would need access to a computer or tablet with an internet connection.

 

 

If you would like further information on any of the above learning methods or the courses available, please contact us on 1300 666 101 or sales@parcor.com.au

 

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