There’s no denying employee training is absolutely essential. From training to meet your legal compliance obligations, to refreshing your people’s skills and knowledge – a good training programme can help you hang on to the really great people in your business and attract new ones, too. 94% of employees in a LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report said that they would stay at a company longer if there is investment in their learning and development.
But what kind of learning and development programme should employers be investing in? Things are moving in the digital direction. In the last 12 months, the CIPD found that 70% of organisations have increased their use of digital learning solutions. CIPD research also found that quality digital learning can be just as effective, if not more, as in-person or classroom learning.
With this in mind, do you know what a good digital training programme is, and the benefits of introducing one?
What is a good training programme?
What you’re looking for is external accreditation or certification – basically, an independent, expert third-party telling you that you can trust this course. Two of the leading providers of this kind of accreditation in the UK and abroad are the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service – which is why all our elearning courses are RoSPA approved and CPD certified.
What does it mean to be CPD certified and RoSPA approved?
RoSPA Qualifications are a leading name in Health & Safety and a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation. RoSPA approval means that our courses meet the highest standard in Health & Safety training. Offering RoSPA-approved training courses can attract new employees by showing your commitment to investing in the skills and growth of your staff, showing you take Health & Safety seriously, and helping employees meet compliance standards in certain regulated industries.
The CPD Certification Service has been providing industry-leading CPD training course certification for over 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of professionals recognise the CPD Certified symbol as the benchmark that not only reflects but sets the highest standards of training.
Training courses with CPD certification have been intensely checked for quality. They can encourage a healthy learning culture, leading to a more fulfilled workforce and retaining valuable staff. More and more professional bodies are requiring CPD certification, as it’s so effective for filling knowledge gaps and growing the professional skills of employees.
Six top benefits of elearning
So, now you know what certified elearning is, let’s discover the benefits of introducing into your business.
Keeping your employees and your business compliant isn’t just a good idea, it’s a legal requirement. Elearning is one of the simplest, quickest and cost-effective ways to make sure that process is taken care of and documented in your business. No matter when a new employee starts, or when an existing employee needs to complete updated or annual training – they can just head online and get their training done.
Elearning gives your business a technological edge over your rivals. An always-on platform means you can fit in core training modules and skills development around your employees’ schedules, without pulling them out of their day-to-day work, like you would for traditional in-person training. From manual handling training to Anti-Bribery and GDPR compliance, everything is there as and when you need it.
We can’t say enough good things about employee engagement. Your people are your most valuable asset, so high levels of employee engagement are an important metric of success. Offering your people the opportunity to develop is a sure-fire way to retain some of your best talent. People will leave jobs that feel like they’re going nowhere. Offering opportunities to train and develop in their current roles shows your people that you’re prepared to invest in their development and help them advance their careers.
Elearning is an affordable way to develop and improve your workforce without having to pull people out of their jobs. Bitesize learning is a flexible and convenient way to integrate learning and development in your workplace. Research suggests that learning in modules of 20 minutes or less is more easily retained than long stretches of learning.
When you have a suite of courses at your fingertips, each addressing a core part of your business’ skill set and compliance needs, you’re sending out clear, standardised messaging to everyone in the organisation.
If people all have the same understanding about what skills are needed to complete their role and what processes to follow, then you’ve got an incredibly powerful advantage: an aligned workforce that’s clear on expectations and buys in to your goals.
When you need to focus on generating revenue, the first thing to go out of the window is training and development, because when you need to make money, you can’t afford to have people away all day on training courses, right?
The elearning process is much less intrusive on your time. All you need is a computer or a laptop and reliable internet connection. Most courses can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. Learners can even use the commute to complete their courses if they’ve got a smartphone.
Discover Atlas certified elearning
Atlas, our cloud-based online platform, provides your team with access to a huge range of high-quality bitesize training courses, wherever they are based. Our RoSPA-approved and CPD-certified elearning modules provide your employees with everything they need to know, wrapped up in one easy-to-access, on-demand solution.
From Manual Handling, to GDPR, to Fire Safety, to Health & Safety Awareness (and more), you can train and upskill your team with essential HR and Health & Safety modules, as well as courses to teach and develop new skills.
How we can help
Our elearning solution is one of the many fantastic additional services available to Citation clients. This – along with 24/7 access to our HR and Health & Safety experts, policy support, bespoke handbooks, on-site support, risk assessment support, and much more – is what makes us the leading provider of compliance services to SMEs across the UK.
To start your journey with Citation and achieve both your compliance and growth goals, call 0345 844 1111.
If you’re already a Citation client and would like to grow your business and boost performance with our Atlas certified elearning, please call 0345 844 5250.
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