3 Reasons Why Formal Learning Should Be an Important Part of Your Training Programme
‘Formal learning’ refers to a type of learning program in which the goals and objectives are defined by the organisation. In this sense it’s massively beneficial, as the organisation has control over the core vocational content as well as the structure of learning pathways and resources.
In a landscape where so many other learning options are available, what are the three main reasons to ensure formal learning is one of them?
Today, compliance training is a part of every organisation. There are certain tasks you need to be able to complete properly and safely from Day One. In addition to being standards-compliant and verified, official learning materials and any associated qualifications also need to be in harmony with the nuances of organisational culture. Because of this, these learning materials really have to come either from a person responsible for training within the organisation, or from a person within the organisation responsible for acquiring official training from a third party. It’s a top-down training model, best used for learning that has a clear set of objectives and outcomes, and must be undertaken by specific groups of people.
An example of this would be an ‘Asbestos Awareness’ course that needs to be taken by every member of staff in a construction company working on a building site.
Everything Up-to-Date and in One Place
Part of the problem of being an organisation in today’s ever-changing world is the need to remain contemporary. Of course, the speed of change varies between industries, but training content will typically require an update at least once a year.
With an effective LMS and a good authoring tool in place, formal learning can be updated quickly, seamlessly and within minimal overhead. Changes to training propagates throughout the LMS and means that your classroom sessions, e-learning modules and printable materials can all be updated at the same time, saving time and money.
Standardised, Scalable and Effective
With standardised formal learning, you can be confident that all learners are learning the same thing, in a way that incorporates most learning styles. That’s important if, for example, you’re trying to standardise a service that you provide.
Because it conforms to a top-down model, formal learning can be used to train large numbers of people at the same time, enabling you to scale-up training programmes easily when necessary.
HR managers will have a good sense of how long the training takes to complete and what the expected training outcomes will be. That’s useful if you are trying to train a new cohort of staff in a particular area of the organisation, as it allows you to plan with a reasonable degree of certainty.
An organisation that carefully sets objectives and success criteria around well-structured formal learning can expect learners to be faster in their time to competence (when compared to learners being trained through informal or non-formal learning alone). As with any business unit, that speed equates to financial savings, which in turn builds trust and support from leadership teams.
If you’ve enjoyed this article, be sure to check out our expert guide on creating award-winning e-learning.