Make UK offer e-learning courses during Covid-19 outbreak

By - Talent in Logistics Journal

Make UK offer e-learning courses during Covid-19 outbreak

Make UK has combined the value of tutor-led, student-focused training with the convenience of screen-based e-learning, to deliver the internationally recognised IOSH Managing Safely course during the Covid-19 crisis.

Manufacturing organisation Make UK is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales. Collectively it represents 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector.

After several successful IOSH Managing Safely courses run in its virtual classroom, Make UK now offers the same benefits to employees, working from home or furloughed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The virtual classroom goes beyond standard video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, providing features designed for learning. These include interactive, multi-user whiteboards, quiz and polling functions, and collaboration tools for small group work.

The virtual classroom offers accredited training for industry, including NEBOSH and IOSH health and safety courses, with classroom and e-learning options.

With organisations conscious of the financial and environmental cost of travelling, Make UK had been developing a virtual classroom to fill the gap between face-to-face training and e-learning as part of its digital strategy. The coronavirus outbreak, and the travel restrictions that came with it, accelerated the development and roll-out of the platform.

With a Covid-19 travel ban, Charlotte Hunter, Learning and Development Manager for global technology company ABB Limited, was forced to cancel the classroom-based IOSH Managing Safely courses booked with Make UK.

Ms Hunter explains: “It was important that we continued the development of our people, so we asked Make UK to explore options to provide training in a virtual classroom. ”

Meanwhile, Ian Cooke, Health, Safety and Sustainability lead at Make UK added: “We were quickly able to provide ABB with a demonstration, so they could see what delegates would get. ”

IOSH Managing Safely was delivered to 3 classes of managers from ABB using the virtual classroom, with all delegates passing the end of course exam, and reporting a positive learning experience.

Course delegates agreed that the virtual approach “worked very well” and that the “Flexibility to deliver virtually, given the circumstances, was excellent".

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