Corporate training is an ongoing challenge for construction firms, especially firms that may not have updated their training and requirements in some time.
Maybe this scenario sounds familiar. You pull 20 project engineers into a room, often far away from a jobsite. They're given training on an important subject: safety, MEP coordination, or specific how-to's related to time-saving, improving the bottom line, or managing the crew.
Unfortunately, out of those 20 project engineers, only around five of them are currently working with the specific thing that you spent the day going over.
Once the training is complete, the information is stored on an intranet site or box folder, generally on the corporate network. The trouble is, no one has any idea where it is, and they might have no idea how to look for it when they do need help. Your project engineers might have a basic understanding of the content, but chances are, it will fade quickly once they're back on the job site, dealing with critical items of the job and managing the day-to-day running of their sites.
The cost of that training includes paid trainers, a paid room rental, and the time of your staff--often, four hours plus for each team member. Meanwhile, you may have tasks going undone on the job site because you lack the hands to put on those projects.
Modern construction firm training, on the other hand, has the potential to look very different--and it might just revolutionize the way your construction team interacts, does business, and improves safety standards on every job site.
Millennials expect to use technology on the job. They're used to using their phones, including their personal devices, for their training and information needs. They grew up with that technology in hand, and they're prepared to use it to enhance their professional lives.
As a construction firm, you can use that to your advantage.
For many training opportunities, you can offer virtual training. Instead of pulling employees to a central location, where training is delivered rapid-fire by a single individual who cannot incorporate the learning styles of all your construction workers in a single session, you can host virtual training sessions. Virtual training modules can be conducted in real-time or they can be completed at the worker's own pace, allowing him to get necessary certifications, expand his knowledge, and deepen his understanding of the field in a time and setting that works for him.
These virtual training models offer several key advantages.
In addition to direct virtual training modules, virtual training and information solutions may include making that information and data readily available to employees when they need it.
Suppose, for example, that an employee remembers a specific element of safety training when it pertains to working on a steep roof or a certain height, but he needs to check the details. With an effective knowledge management solution, you can provide team members with easy access to that information. All they have to do is conduct a quick search to have that information directly in hand.
Having ready access to that information means that your team members will be more likely to use it, whether it's a new procedure that makes it easier or more efficient for them to take on a specific task or a safety standard that will help keep all the members of your team safer on the job site. An information library will also:
Providing the right training and information for your team members is critical. With an effective knowledge database, you can provide your workers with the information they need. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you put the information your workers need in their hands on the job site and on the go.