Traditionally, learning has consisted of a classroom, a curriculum and a teacher. Online training renders two of these things unnecessary which quite simply, saves time and money. The world pretty much now revolves around the internet and people are using it for everything from ordering groceries to talking to their loved ones around the world and so why wouldn’t they want to use it for training? It is no surprise that more and more people within the food industry are asking themselves this question and realising that in fact, online training is their best option.
Time is a very precious commodity and whether a person is an employer who can’t afford to lose their staff for a day to go to a classroom based course or an employee who has to get trained in their own time; they can do their eLearning in bite sized chunks (so long as they have access to the internet) during the day as time allows or in the evening when they can relax a bit. This allows those taking the training to build the learning up over a few sessions and then take the exam when they are ready. It can also be said that learning a bit at a time can make learning more palatable for some people as they don’t have the pressure of completing the course in one day and passing the exam. At the end of the day retaining the knowledge is key when you get a visit from an Environmental Health Officer and it is much easier to do this when learning gradually. Last minute cramming does not allow for good retention of the content. russian grocery store
Money is very tight at the moment and lots of businesses and individuals are having to save where they can. Classroom based courses are always going to be more costly as there is a trainer to be paid for as well as the student to get to the classroom. ELearning courses can be taken anywhere where there is an internet connection and to put it simply, the cost is lower because the overheads are less.
Is an online course good enough? Yes it is. Accredited online courses are regulated by external regulatory bodies which work to maintain standards and confidence in qualifications. This means that people who take accredited courses can be sure that their qualification will be completely up to date and recognised by EHOs.
Certificates usually come as a pdf document which gives those who take the test the flexibility to email, print or electronically transfer it to anyone they need to.
For food business owners, training their staff online is much more convenient than sending them to a course. When staff have taken the test online, there will be a record so it is easy to monitor the progress of a student, who has passed and who still needs training. It is also possible to businesses to buy bulk packages further reducing the cost and ensuring that all staff are well and truly up to date.