Seasoned workplace trainers, and workers new to the role, face unique challenges when it comes to delivering equipment-specific training. OSG’s Train-the-Trainer programs provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively deliver the program back at your workplace – it’s the full package! While completing OSG Train-the-Trainer programs, participants will learn how to deliver effective, engaging, and interactive training in the workplace. OSG’s tips for equipment training aren’t limited to just equipment-specific sessions; they work for any training program!
1. Use Examples
OSG recommends using workplace-specific examples to keep participants engaged. Specific examples help to increase learner retention. Discussing near-misses during your training session creates relevancy for the learner and can illustrate what can happen if equipment is not operated safely.
2. Be Interactive
The best training sessions cater to different learning styles. Be sure to sure incorporate a variety of delivery techniques. Use activities, group discussions, and games to increase interaction, interest, and retention.
3. Use Visual Aids
Using videos and pictures can help you deliver your message effectively. Visual aids tell a story without overwhelming the audience with a lot of speech or text. Pictures and videos will help your audience remember information, and increase interest in the material being presented. To use visual aids even more efficiently, use photos of your workplace and the specific machinery being discussed.
4. Use Hands-on Demonstrations
Allow training participants to solidify concepts discussed in the training program through practical elements. Have a competent operator demonstrate safe operating practices to the learner and have the learner demonstrate what they have learned under competent supervision.
5. Keep it Small
For equipment training, the ideal class size is 10 – 15 participants. Any more than that will compromise the integrity of the message you are trying to deliver. A smaller class size also lends itself to more interaction and discussion. This smaller class size will help you keep your training light and interesting!
OSG offers equipment Train-the-Trainer courses near you!