Practical Learning

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Businesses like the benefits they get from practical learning courses for their employees

Many people like the idea of practical learning in many areas of life.  It is the way children in schools make quick progress at an early age.  And it works well at the other end of the scale; such as in the medical profession where cutting edge technology needs to be used by skilled operators.

It is a method that achieves good results for people learning new things in most areas of activity.  That could be learning new sports or new hobby interests.  It certainly applies to career related studying and continuing career development.

Imagine somebody learning the theory of food hygiene from books then compare that with getting into a kitchen and practicing with real food and the tools used to prepare it.  Or a mechanic reading about how a petrol engine works then seeing all his learning start to become meaningful when he begins working with a real  engine.

The natural way to practical learning skills

So, for most people practical learning is accepted as just an ordinary, natural part of life.  They have grown up with the practical learning skills that they will never lose.   That is a good thing because it becomes second nature for most of us to partake in the  learning processes that we find both easy to use and which we are comfortable with.  In effect it is the simpler way to learn and therefore learning achieves better results in shorter time.

Of course there are people who are quite happy with book learning.  Or with learning from a computer screen or in a lecture theater.  Many HR training courses are available for those people.

Fewer courses appear to be currently available for those of us who prefer to use practical learning.  Whilst that is an unfortunate situation it has to be acknowledged such courses tend to be more expensive to put on and are often more difficult to deliver.

A course offered online or in a lecture theater requires little space and few teachers.  A practical based course might need far more resources.  For example, if the course includes role play then perhaps an office environment must be provided for all the course students.  Maybe extra tutorial staff have to be available to give each student sufficient hands-on experience.

Employers want people with practical experience

Once somebody has a few years of work experience behind them employers tend to accept they have a certain capability.  Younger people looking for their first job or, maybe, a second one cannot point to a few years of practical experience.  For them trying to convince a potential employer can often be difficult.

All too many younger workers have been encouraged to concentrate on theoretical learning in order to accumulate certificates of one type or another.  That is good as far as it goes but certificates do not necessarily show a practical capability; unless the certificate is for a practical learning course where the person has gained relevant experience.

Finding the right HR training courses for your practical learning goals

Certainly it can be seen that some of these logistical problems are the reasons why there are not more practical learning courses.  Fortunately you can find good training courses based on actual practice rather than just book learning.

Frequently those practical courses are developed specifically for human resources assistants because they are often the people who give hands-on support to their senior managers.  They might, for example, use computers or presentation systems in their daily duties.  Frequently they will have to demonstrate company based systems and practices to new employees.  Or demonstrate health and safety procedures to shop floor workers.  And lots more practical processes.

Whatever they are given to do by their senior manager they will find it easier to do if they have already gained practical experience.  As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.  That’s where good practical learning methods are of most value to companies.