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More time to learn new skills – Part 1


In the IT training world, everything is based around fitting as much content into five days as possible to make the most of the instructor time. Traditional training companies are based upon this principle for their business models. There is nothing particularly wrong with that because it is good for making the business viable and good for giving the course delegates a concentrated burst of information and skills.

The problem comes when the course subject may in fact be too long to fit into five days. Some vendors try to fit six or eight days of content into five days. The result is that the course is rushed and the delegates may not really learn because they have no time to practice the new skills about which they are learning. Or sometimes, vendors fit five says of content into three days of training.

Of course, it’s all about time. The time suits the people buying the training course. It suits the training company and the skills are supposed to be learned in that allocated time.

However, the human brain just cannot take in the amount of information that is conveyed in courses which are ‘crammed’ like this. There is simply not enough time for the learners to practice what they have learned in the classroom. Therefore, most of what gets taught in the classroom is forgotten.

So what can be done?

I will explain a new way in Part 2 of this article.

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