Safety Training in a Changing Workforce

Britain’s workforce is changing and so are the methods used to train people. People are now working way beyond their sixties whilst government incentives are encouraging more companies to take on young apprentices. So how does that affect you? You may want to consider the following when sourcing health and safety training for your modern workforce.

1. Style of learning

Will the whole of your workforce benefit from health and safety training in an e-learning format? The younger generation may gain more from greater interaction between their peers and the trainer. As a manager, you will want to satisfy yourself that they have understood and processed information in terms of safety rules and practices. The older generation may also prefer traditional face to face tutoring rather than reading from a computer screen. When it comes to training, “one style suits all” is not always applicable.

2. Pace

Everyone learns at a different rate. Some will digest and understand straight away while others may need more time and reflection. An individual student will probably be  adsorbing information differently to other colleagues within the classroom. Whilst some can sit and retain information from a Powerpoint presentation others will prefer group exercises and practical sessions.

3. Flexibility

One of the most common questions a company will ask when I arrange a training course is how much time the employee will lose from their normal duties. Time lost to training often impacts on productivity. The modern workforce quite often has flexible, shift and compressed work patterns to meet commitments outside the workplace. Look at ways to meet both the needs of your staff  and the business.



These are just a few things to think about when organising training. If you require more information about how health and safety training can be tailored to your workforce  contact us here