The benefits of face to face learning
There has been a recent boom in the use of e-learning within many sectors, as this option offers a more cost-effective way of ensuring that their staff teams remain up to date with their training. Surprisingly this is even the case with First Aid training being offered as an e learning module.
The benefits of face to face First Aid Training most certainly outweigh the benefits of e-learning as first aid is fundamentally a practical skill. Other benefits includes:
Instructors can adapt each individual course to meet the needs of the organisation commissioning the training as we all know not every course is a one size fits all. This makes the training more specific to the candidate’s role for example adding in information about oxygen therapy when working with the elderly might be relevant.
It is important for staff to be able to discuss what they are learning and reflect upon past experiences and who better to do this then with the people they are learning alongside. Staff are more likely to feel at ease when discussing past issues and incidents in a group as this could lead to making better decisions in the future.
Every learner will be different, some are very independent in the sense that if they have a problem, they will eventually solve it themselves with no problem. However, there are a lot of learners who need to be shown or have something explained because they do not understand it.
If a learner does not understand a question or what is being discussed by the trainer, they can ask them to go over it again or explain what they mean. This may not be an option with e learning and when First Aid can literally be life or death it is important that learners have all the information to hand.
One of the most important elements of applying first aid is the ability to perform in a stressful situation, face to face first aid training allows the opportunity to participate in role play situations, therefore supporting the kinesthetic learning experience of the leaner as perceptual motor skills are learnt by movement patterns guided by sensory input, thus better preparing the participant.
Role play will also assist in the ability to risk assess the situation in hand at work or in any potentially dangerous situation, requires training, the more you are exposed to any stressful situation, the more you become accustomed to it and learn to actually think through it.
Training can also be a great team building experience as your staff work with each other in a different situation to their normal working role.
How can Lupe Training help?
Lupe Training provide First Aid and Physical Intervention training. Should you wish to discuss any of the training we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help.