With the race to foster renewable energy underway, and hydrogen being a key component in Queensland’s plan, this blog looks at the ways that eLearning benefits the hydrogen industry.
The roadmap of Queensland’s renewable hydrogen production has seen progress with the launch of the Electro Group’s Renewable Energy Training Facility (RETF) in Pinkenba and the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence opening in Beenleigh, under the state government’s Energy and Jobs Plan.
The RETF will offer qualifications in renewable energy, train apprentices, and assist licensed electricians to improve and upgrade their abilities to install, manage, and operate solar and other renewable energy. A strong foundational knowledge of safety requirements will be essential to the skills and training for the hydrogen industry over time, with upskilling and onboarding training to become familiar with the properties of hydrogen, handling processes, on-site emergency responsiveness, and quality assurance needing to be developed.
With only so much time and facilities to get the workforce up to scratch with hydrogen industry best-practice, as well as engaging new workers, let’s explore how eLearning can be used to help the hydrogen landscape.
Risk-Mitigation and Safety Training
Training employees for dangerous or high-risk environments can be stressful, with responsibility and liability looming heavily over the instructors and the company. However, transitioning some of these scenarios into online environments can reduce that stress and keep employees safe, while still offering sufficient learning outcomes.
Strategies to help with risk-mitigation include scenario-based learning. Featuring real-life situations and posing decisions to the learners to test their knowledge in complicated, high-risk, or high-stress scenarios means that when faced with these situations in real life, they’re equipped with the knowledge and resources of already having done it before. A method of keeping trainees safe whilst also honing their problem-solving skills, there are many ways scenario-based training can be presented. For example, using gamification and allowing the user to make their own decisions to see how it effects the outcome can create opportunities for ‘sticky learning’, lasting with the user long after their training. Offering a secure environment for learning, scenario-based training is often used in high-risk industries, such as the developing hydrogen industry.
Upskilling Transitioning Workers
As workers within the current energy and engineering landscapes look to transition into the hydrogen industry for future career opportunities, it’s important to make upskilling resources available and accessible to those who may still be working in full or part-time capacities. By giving them the resources online, it promotes a learning culture that is driven by their own motivation, presenting self-paced learning opportunities that are flexible for those with limited availability. Micro-learning can fit well into this kind of schedule, presenting content in short, sharp bursts with focused learning outcomes. Using video, audio, or images also helps to reduce content and is featured heavily in micro-learning. Although difficult to translate complex ideas into short lessons, micro-learning can work for entry-level knowledge such as workplace health and safety and best practices, which are skills that upskilling workers can likely draw upon from previous experience, with micro-learning simply focusing on the relevant knowledge for your industry – such as hydrogen.
Automated training refers to tasks which are usually performed manually by a person being fulfilled by a program, allowing for scalability and efficiency in your training programs. As the hydrogen industry grows, facilities will continue to expand into remote areas that will make training in face-to-face environments more time consuming and more costly. By implementing automated training solutions, you’ll be able to scale the training to meet the needs of multiple facilities or worksites, whilst reducing the costs that traditional, in-person training comes with. Repetitive training requirements, such as annual compliance checks, can also burden the workload of busy employees, so transitioning those into automated solutions can increase productivity for more urgent tasks. The beauty of automation also means that participation is tracked, meaning that compliance data is easily accessible for reporting needs.
The most important aspect of eLearning is to understand what outcome you are hoping to achieve by converting you training to an online platform. Understanding that not all training is relevant to an online environment, pin-pointing skills and knowledge that don’t require a face-to-face sessions, such as upskilling and risk-mitigation training, can help to automate processes and make for a cost-effective, productive solution, whilst keeping your employees safe and up-to-date.
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