I worked as a civil servant for many years – attached to a provincial office for the point of contact and having a base but my job took me all over the country to various cities. For long periods I was responsible, with four others, for testing a brand new system being developed to create a paperless operating system within our ministry. The departmental trainers had not been involved, much to their anger and disbelief. Much to ours as testers too – knowing how something is supposed to work and knowing how to train folk to make it work that way are completely different things. It was a disaster and of course, despite much work on the e-learning programme, the Learning Management Software was not developed at the same time as the product so the managers were completely out of the loop. Getting the online learning tools in place at the front was so overlooked!
There was a time when belonging to anything down the south west of the country would never be taken very seriously. Even in this hi tech world of e-commerce, e-learning, online education and everything associated with it. The gloriously laid back countrylife style of talking and living makes it seem as though the only world of work worth reckoning is that in the big smoke i.e. the City. But as has been proven by many a celebrity, there is much business and commerce alive and well down in the western corner. Online education courses are available for every possible career and vocational ones are hot on the must have list for students. Being nationally online, any educational system can provide national and localised training to suit every location, industry or service type. No limitations on learning mean a very fluid and effective workforce can be available at any time.
Everyone in this country has a really good opportunity for education – there is no doubt about it. The only thing stopping any child or person from achieving their maximum is a lack of ambition and family circumstances. The school system itself is so well grounded that every child matters, so long as the authorities/school knows about them and where they are, who is responsible for them. When a family breaks down, as sadly is often the case with a succession of partners coming and going from the family home, this will inevitably cause break down of communication and lack of co-ordination in the child’s life. To ensure the child keeps in any loop, it is possible for e-learning and online education to be provided, home schooling using such courses can really help to bridge the gap and stop it becoming a ravine. Knowing where to intervene and ask questions is something that needs a delicate approach.
Knowing how to get the best out of a room full of candidates in a training course is one of the talents that you either have naturally, or you have to learn. There are many management courses to be considered and e-learning can be as much of a minefield as any other system. The best tutors are ones who really grasp the point of the exercise early on and can engage with students – being able to pass on their knowledge clearly, quickly and enthusiastically. This is sometimes hard to put into an electronic tutoring course – many of which can seem a little dull at the outset. know from having to take part in many mandatory online courses during my career, there are some which everyone can do within their short lunch break – other educational parameters reequire more time and energy. However, geting the right online e-learning course for your purpose is much easier now.
These are certainly very straightened times in the world of work, commerce, selling, banking – in fact every single area of industry is struggling with downturns in orders. The key for this change in a previously bustling economy is to ensure our staff, at all levels, are fully trained and at the peak of their performance. E-learning, online education courses and role focused management is even more critical when the chips are down and every single opportunity has to be chased to within an inch of its life. Within the healthcare sector, there are so many more things that can be offered at the local medical centre or doctors’ surgery. Blood pressure monitoring and management, lifestyle change courses, anything that doesn’t need a hospital or clinic but still needs trained nursing and councilling staff. All these activities need constant updating for the practitioner – to ensure all the latest trends, statutes and guidelines are being fully met.
Some employers provide e-learning training courses for their staff to maintain and supplement their current job knowledge. This is particularly so with civil service postings where there are constant training courses – mandatory ones to be completed within certain windows and each log in is linked to your line manager or team leader. Whilst I was a cs for several years, I found the courses well designed, to get you to think about the purpose. I remember one concerning anti fraud. It put every day scenarios to you to test how you would react when presented with a preventable fraud. Designed to stamp out under the counter payments, bribery and corruption. So powerful were the examples and multi choice replies, this info stuck with me and I am seriously anti fraud in every day dealings with trades people. No cash in hand payments for my suppliers. It goes through their books or I don’t hire them.
When you are running a business of any size, there will be a need to learn how to do every aspect of the running of it. Even though we can pay an accountant to so much of the financial stuff, there are other responsibilities that have to be undertaken and accepted. If even one part time helper comes on board, the owner then becomes an employer and all the rules and regulations of running a small business come into force. There are of course thousands of small employers who flout the law – it is worrying just how many will happily ignore the rules just to get the maximum work out of the employee – then seem surprised when a tribunal claim lands on their doorstep. Getting training in all aspects of running a business is easier these days and although professional guidance is always best, taking an online course in business matters is essential to start off with.
In my day, when we were asked at school what we wanted to do when we grew up, there was an almost scriped reply sheet; nurse, hairdresser, secretary, train driver, bus driver, fireman, policeman etc. etc. This was because those not at grammer level were not expected to achieve anything more than regular paid employment. However, my own father was a trained aero engineer from the navy. Once out in civvy, he had two paid jobs and also went to night school when we were small, taking technical drawing, to use his natural art skills and exsquisite eye for detail. This was a really difficult thing to achieve, to work in the day time to bring in money, and study at night to take exams. But he eventually became a technical author with a major defence company and I am so very proud of his continued training and work ethic which he instilled in my sisters and me.
There are so many e-learning opportunities out there these days – no need for anybody to drift in a world of incomplete education. Even the most difficult of students know their way around a mobile phone menu and can select absolutely anything they want to – despite not being able to achieve anything beyond being chief trouble maker at school. It’s all about have the nous to realise how important further training is in any field. Some youngsters cannot get to grip with the discipline required for an orderly well oiled machine that a good school is. They resent not being the centre of attention and very often they are lacking the basic skills to keep up with class. It is these folk who would always benefit from gently supervised online education – where they don’t have to stand up and show themselves up in front of others but can actually work their way around the screen with ease and usualy a great deal of knowledge and talent.
Needing to know all the differences in the making up of web based activity can be seriously daunting. At one time, you would hear folk happily announce they were web designers. This seemed to cover a vast array of activities and could often pay over the odds for the jobbing developer. These days however, there ar so many platforms for marketing products, it takes a seriously good agency to be on top of the trends. They need to know before it happens, what is coming down the pipeline. They also need to know what their own competitors are up to in terms of encroaching on a business area.
Being able to dabble with someone’s web site or ordering system is one thing, but not knowing the most relevant and totally up to date system to train people to use is bordering on irresponsible.