As the country starts to open up again after lockdown three, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is hoping that this is the final time we will face such restrictions. With the dropping case numbers and the vaccine programme, it certainly feels like there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
The last year has brought about a lot of changes for many businesses and that is true for GH Training Solutions. In the long run, it means that there is now more choice of training options than ever, both in-person and online or distance learning. This is clearly a benefit, especially for businesses with sites further afield or those with staff located in different parts of the country.
I have offered eLearning courses for some time, but the introduction of a remotely invigilated exam means there is now the option to convert that eLearning to the full qualification that you would normally only achieve through in-person delivery. This has been especially beneficial for those people where the eLearning certificate alone wouldn’t have been enough, for example those working at sea who need an MCA approved qualification. With my background in cruise ships, this has been a really exciting development, with learners working out of Greece, Italy, Qatar and the USA completing the course.
I have also been running remote courses delivered over Zoom followed by the remote invigilated exam. People often tell me that they prefer classroom training because of the interaction and ability to ask questions but Zoom has allowed us to retain the best of classroom interaction, even at a distance. The aim is to keep these courses as similar to the classroom course structure as possible with exercises, discussions and knowledge quizzes. The feedback has been positive and the pass rate 100%.
Following the success of these remote courses, I can now also offer these for in-house delivery. This is ideal if your team is spread over a larger geographical area. Please contact me to check availability.
Going forward, as long as additional restrictions aren’t put in place, the public courses planned for the rest of the year will continue to go ahead. Precautions have been put in place to reduce the risk of COVID infection. As you’d expect, these controls cover points such as the distancing of learners, disinfection of hand contact surfaces, amendments to how resources are handled, and adjustments to how group work is carried out.
I’m certainly looking forward to getting back into the classroom again, for both public and in-house training courses. (See the course pages for our updated course schedules of both in-person and remote courses).
Hope to see you soon!
Rod Carver - Level 3 Food Safety Attendee
Academy Training Manager