With the Christmas holiday season over for another year, my thoughts focus around up and coming events for 2019 at the Springhill Care Group.
There are lots of exciting training opportunities scheduled to take place this year, in addition to the mandatory training conducted annually.
Learning and Development coordinators are always busy identifying new courses and carefully considering the methods used to train those courses, to ensure that as a function, we offer the very latest training opportunities delivered in the most appropriate way, to our workforce.
We welcome your suggestions and we are happy to discuss any future training opportunities with you.
Developing new methods for the delivery of training is also essential; to seek out and encourage the potential in everyone - new innovative ways of working are crucial.
Later this month we will be piloting the Virtual Training Room (VTR) which aims to deliver training from a central point and cascade it to a number of trainees via video link. I am looking forward to accessing the VTR and providing an update.
E-learning is another concept for the delivery of training and whilst not my preferred method of training style, I think ‘blended learning,’ a mixture of both e-learning and face to face, is probably a good compromise. I think it gives the participant chance to answer questions on their own and then explore their own understanding with the trainer.
2019 will see the introduction of the Nurse Apprenticeship at University of Central Lancashire and this is an exciting prospect. I am looking forward to building on our current collaboration with UCLan and developing our own business further by putting our people and their individual needs first.
Work continues on our academy and this is also due to be rolled out in the first quarter of next year. The planning and development stages are always the longest parts of any new venture.
In all, it’s a year of new opportunities, putting our people and their individual needs first, developing NS building upon, an already resilient workforce and creating a learning environment that will be unrivalled in this sector.
by Mike Lakins
Head of Learning and Development