What are the training methods commonly used today?

As time goes by and the advancement of technology, many new methods constantly developed for training in the classroom or workplace, however some training methods have been proven to be more effective than others. Below we will discuss the several training methods as a good learning program will usually mix and match various methods to come out with one effective training plan suited for the organisation or the employees.

I recalled since primary school or university lectures in training room, this has been the most commonly method used to impart knowledge as it is able to reach a large audience at one time. This is often said to be one of the most cost efficient method as it does not require one-to-one learning, and is a one-sided affair. However, this has its cons as it does not facilitate interactive learning and can be boring if the lecturer style of presentation is not engaging or interesting enough.

Role Play
This method of learning is often fun and interactive as the students will take on a role that is usually within the challenge presented by the lecturer. Much laughter can be heard during such form of learning. However, one drawback is that it is time consuming, needs classroom management from the teacher and hence it must be carefully thought through by the lecturer the points he want the students to master or equip and is it worth the time.

Case Studies Analysis
In the real world, this is often a good method of practical learning. The students will apply preferably real life case studies, for example, how to increase beverage sales of a company, and the students will need to study, analyse, propose and test out certain ideas to boost sales. This method can often spur the students to think independently, to think of solutions, rather than always relying on the teacher or lecturer. Usually, after the case study, the lecturer will also open up to the floor for discussion. In summary, this method is really good as it gives a practical and experirentail learning opportunites to the students.

This applies to new employees in an organisation when they first come onboard. The training can come in several forms, from a lecture, seminars,  one-to-one meeting with the orientation in charge or the department supervisor, or a presentation by several people in the organisation to introduce what their respective departments do. The information during orientation should cover what the company does, its organisational structure, mission and values etc.

Job Rotation
It is quite common for Singapore employees to wear double hats nowadays due to the tight labour market. During job rotation, the employees would go through or take on another distinctive role and gain experience of the job. This can be a good method if sometimes the employees is bored or stagnant at his present role.