The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting every aspect of our business lives. But buried among the disruption might be an opportunity. Newly idled workers could see this as an opportune time for training to expand their career options. Meanwhile, employees still on the job may find that a cancelled or postponed project means they have time on their hands. Training can enable them to make the most of that time.
In-person training has come to a halt, of course, because of social distancing requirements. Filling the gap are new online learning opportunities.
Tavcom Training reacts to COVID-19
Previously, Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group in the United Kingdom, provided technical fire and security training delivered in person by expert tutors. Given the practical nature of the courses, the majority were delivered in a state-of-the-art training center through interactive workshops.
The situation has changed: In order to best protect staff and learners, and following government guidelines, Tavcom has closed their training center for the time being. (Learners are still able to book into classroom courses for later in the year.)
Given the situation, Tavcom has seen an 86% increase in demand for online courses over the last several months
“Given the situation we are all in at the moment, our online courses have seen an 86% increase in demand over the last several months,” said Jerry Alfandari, Group Marketing Manager of Linx International Group. “All our online courses offer the same level of support as the classroom courses, catering to professionals of varying skill levels and experience.”
“It’s more important now than ever before that our learners are able to access our online learning programmes and continue in their professional development,” says Alfandari. “To help facilitate this we have discounted 25% off our entire portfolio of eLearning courses.”
Tavcom is also introducing new interactive ways of teaching traditionally classroom-based courses with the aid of Zoom virtual classroom courses, led by tutors. From the learners’ own home, they are able to undertake their chosen training course, and then return to the training center later in the year to complete the practical assessment.
Even the most well-prepared organizations with extensive contingency plans have been stunned by the scale and speed of the situation we all currently face. However, even during a global pandemic, the drive for learning doesn’t diminish.
“We’ve seen unprecedented international demand for our portfolio of online training courses ranging from small installation companies to the largest organizations, across a wide range of sectors,” said Alfandari. From the learners’ own home, they are able to undertake their chosen training course
“More than ever, businesses are looking to ensure they have the skills in-house to coordinate their response to the changing situation,” he added. “Individuals are also taking this time to upskill themselves for when we return to ‘normal’ by bringing something with them they didn’t have before".
Professional and personal development
Perhaps unsurprisingly, people are still seeking to better themselves for what will be, eventually, a competitive market. More than ever, businesses are looking to ensure they have the skills in-house to coordinate their response to the changing situation.
“We are here for our learners,” said Alfandari. “Our team are working hard behind the scenes to facilitate the best possible learning experience during this time, and we encourage all potential learners to really use this and make the most of it. Whether you want a refresher in the basics or finally start on that qualification you’ve been putting off, we are here to help you in your professional development.”