The acceleration of digitalisation during the coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the opportunities for digital technical training within the oil and gas sector.
Teaching techniques have largely remained unchanged for the last 40 years with ad-hoc classroom-based learning the norm in many organisations. But now, with teams currently either furloughed or all but key workers working from home, companies have been forced to find a more modern approach to upskilling their teams and closing competency gaps.
Advances in cloud security, gamification and animation have revolutionised digital learning in recent years. Much more than moving traditional content online, e-learning provides a blended approach to training that significantly increases knowledge retention and user engagement.
A digital approach provides on-going, bite-sized content using a mix of mediums such as animations, quizzes, videos, and 3D scenarios. By sharing training content in different ways, information is repeated, reinforced, and remembered. This “spaced learning” approach has been proven to boost retention by more than 50%.
Norwell EDGE was developed with flexibility in mind. Our click and mix modules allow organisations and individuals to build their own training programme to meet their learning needs while bite-sized content avoids information overload. All content is aligned with Oil and Gas UK’s wells competency guidelines to support our global industry in the drive to improve skills and safe operations.
With companies around the globe under increased pressure to reduce budgets but increase efficiencies, online learning provides a sustainable and cost-effective solution. It provides organisations with the flexibility to scale-up tailored training programmes from small, regional teams to a global scale without the additional costs of travel and accommodation.
Training can be undertaken to fit in around operational requirements while finished modules can also be audited to identify further competency gaps as well as strengths. Not only can employers track which modules have been completed but they can also monitor how long a learner has spent on a module, how many question attempts were made, and how results compare across an organisation.
Having highly skilled and knowledgeable teams who have a sound inter-discipline understanding will be key to achieving efficient operations as our industry begins its recovery. A modern approach to training which fits around operational activity will be critical to achieving just that.