CNet Training’s President and CEO, Andrew Stevens discusses the benefits of long-term professional development, the technology that is allowing the world to continue learning and how organizations can now pinpoint the exact professional development requirements and knowledge gaps in their teams.
The way in which individuals can learn is always evolving, there are now more ways than ever to enhance skills and expand on knowledge that are easily accessible and convenient to the learner and employer. There is no-one-size-fits-all model anymore when it comes to training and development. Technology is becoming a driving force to introduce even more targeted and innovative ways to expand the knowledge and the skill sets specific to your teams.
Over the last three years, as an organization, CNet has introduced program delivery via ‘Remote Attendance’. We initially anticipated this would be driven by the global need for us all to operate in a more sustainable and environmentally sensitive way, what we didn’t anticipate was COVID-19. Looking at it positively though, it is fortunate that we, as an organization, were already ‘geared up’ to continue delivering programs once everything was suddenly shut-down and travel restrictions put in place. With large proportions of the globe now working remotely, all of us are having to adapt to ‘the new normal’, finding new ways to work and to stay connected to friends, colleagues and the wider world.
Our Remote Attendance programs allow people all over the globe to continue learning, developing and educating their digital infrastructure teams, which is absolutely vital for the industry right now. The industry is facing increased demands, and organizations need to ensure that everyone in their team is competent and confident in their skills and knowledge to ensure the world can keep connected and communicating during these unchartered times.
CNet’s Remote Attendance programs are different to most. The programs are delivered in specially designed Smart Rooms by CNet’s leading expert instructors, providing a fully interactive and live learning experience in multiple time zones all over the world. The learner is transported into an environment where they can see, hear and interact with everyone else attending, as well as being able to interact with the instructor at all times. CNet’s Remote Attendance capability also allows for breakout discussions and group tasks to enhance and maintain the high-quality learning experience CNet is renowned for. The only difference between live instructor-led Remote Attendance and classroom delivered programs is that with Remote Attendance the individuals can attend from an environment that most suits their current needs, for example if they work in a mission-critical environment and don’t want to/aren’t able to travel away to attend a program. If organizations have offices in multiple locations and home-based staff, the Remote Attendance option is the ideal way to bring together individuals from their own working environment and transport them into a live and fully interactive environment, where they can all enjoy the learning experience as if they were in the same classroom together. Another benefit to Remote Attendance learning is that organizations and learners can save on travel time to and from the program and all the costs associated with travel, accommodation and subsistence.