Instructor-led training (ILT) is the training that happens between an instructor and learners, usually in groups, but also one-on-one. You can think of ILT as the typical classroom experience. An instructor in the front of the room teaching a group of individuals a certain skill or about a certain topic. This provides learners with the opportunity to interact with the facilitator and other participants in a hands-on experience.
Instructor-led training has been the primary method of employee training and development for a long time. You can clearly see the advantages: adaptation to learners’ needs, greater focus from the audience and the opportunity for immediate feedback for the facilitator as well as the learners. However, ILT in corporations has been declining. From 2008 to 2015 the average percentage of formal learning hours available via an instructor-led classroom has decreased greatly, from 63.69% in 2008 to 49.46% in 2015.
So, despite the clear advantages, why is this trend occurring? Time and cost. With ever-evolving technology that is available to improve efficiency and lower costs, the shift from physical classroom to virtual learning has begun. It can be hard for any organization to weigh the different available options to create a training program that is the most beneficial to their employees, while also cost effective. If your organization decides to invest in this type of training, how do you maximize all of the benefits that ILT provides?
Create and Establish the Materials: Before you begin to look for a facilitator or the materials and demonstrations you will need for this instructor-led training, you need to develop the objectives that you want to accomplish through this training. These objectives will inform how the session materials are selected and delivered. The content that you want to be delivered needs to be presented in a variety of ways in order to hold the learner’s attention. This can include facilitator and learner guides, visual supports, as well as video and audio components. This step is one of the most important in order to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your investment.
Integrate Virtual Components: Virtual instructor-led training (vILT) allows a wider audience to take part in the training and learning. It offers adaptability to different learning styles and can create interactive simulations that can be particularly beneficial for different types of learners. ILT combined with vILT and eLearning ensures that straight content learning can be done online, allowing the in-person training to be utilized for situations such as role-play or demonstrations. This blended approach can help reduce some of the costs that go hand in hand with ILT, while providing flexibility for learners.
Deliberate Selection of Facilitator: The facilitator is the person you are trusting to effectively and efficiently deliver the content to learners. If the wrong facilitator is selected, then the impact you are looking for will most likely not occur. The best facilitators should have outstanding public speaking abilities and communication skills. They will use personal experience to ground the subject in real context for the learners in order to bring the content to life.
Read the Audience: While ILT training cannot personalize the training to each individual person, you can make adjustments based on the audience of learners. The way a group of accountants might understand a certain topic may be different than employees in the human resource department. Recognizing these differences and understanding learner needs will allow your investment to go further.
Developing a training program and deciphering which route to take can be overwhelming. CoreAxis has been in the training and development industry since 2001 and can help relieve that pressure. Our world-class facilitator network builds a fun and creative learning environment for your team, which enhances knowledge retention and program sustainability. We have numerous training delivery methods available, with options ranging from topic-oriented workshops to learning labs to virtual facilitation.
Our expert facilitators are highly engaged and tailored toward training for your team. We utilize the adaptive staffing model that can provide you with experienced experts and the resources you require. The adaptive model is also scalable, enabling us to customize training solutions whenever our clients have unique needs. Our three-pronged approach leaves your organization with a well-rounded and customized program that can be implemented to maximize the efficiency of your training. Learn more about what CoreAxis can offer you at www.coreaxis.com/custom-training/instructor-led-training/.