While many aspects of industrial training can be taught enmass through online or offsite seminars, some types of information and skills are better taught in small onsite groups. Private group training training occurs when a live instructor comes to your facility (in-person private group training) or teaches a small group through a live virtual classroom (virtual private group training).
Advantages of Virtual or In-Person Private Group Training
A virtual or in-person private group training service has many advantages over large offsite classroom training. While sometimes necessary, an offsite course has multiple drawbacks, including:
- The absence of high-value employees from work during travel and training.
- Travel costs for multiple employees, including food and accommodation.
- Larger courses offer fewer opportunities for individualized instruction.
- Offsite course instructors are unlikely to tailor their instructional materials to match your facility’s unique needs.
- Travel and classroom attendance make social distancing difficult, potentially putting employee health at risk.
Virtual or in-person private group training avoids these disadvantages. Travel costs are not an issue, and in-house instruction reduces the risk of health problems (a risk that falls to almost zero when virtual private group training is considered). Smaller instructional groups offer more opportunity for employees to interact with instructors, while access to on-site equipment allows the instructor to customize training to meet your facility’s equipment and processes.
Private group training also offers more flexibility when it comes to scheduling. When working with a small group of employees, it’s often possible to schedule online training for times when employees are not working shifts, reducing training-related downtime costs or drops in productivity.
When highly specialized training is considered, you may have only one or two employees who need training. Such training really lends itself to private group training. Forklift training is a common example. Send an employee to an off site forklift training session, and he or she might wind up training on a completely different model of forklift that the ones used in your facility. Bringing forklift training to the employee, however, and the instructor can train the employee on the very trucks your facility uses. By providing more specific instruction, the onsite instructor better prepares the employee for site-specific tasks, and knowledge retention is increased through hands-on training.
Private Management Training
Like other forms of onsite corporate training, private management training benefits from the instructor being physically present in the facility. Private management training provides opportunities for instructors to evaluate the most pressing issues facing management teams, allowing training to focus on those issues, be they retention problems, compliance issues, or obstacles to productivity.
Private management training for managers is especially effective when management is taught the ins and outs of new software systems, such as learning management systems. Being able to work with in-house data helps instructors get critical skills across to managers, who are more likely to retain knowledge when it applies specifically to their facility.
Virtual Private Group Training Services
When physical onsite training is not possible, virtual private group training offers an equally efficient alternative. Popular for as an alternative to small onsite group training, virtual private group training brings employees and instructors together through face-to-face video conferencing. Students still get the one-on-one instruction that makes private group training so popular, and even get hands-on training through simulation training, which provides opportunities to practice new skills in a virtual environment.
Consider an onsite training service like TPC Training for your next small group training project. Your employees and facility will be better for it.