The Consequences of Corona Crisis on the Training Sector and Heading to “Online Education”

01-07-20 Dr.Adnan 0 comment

The Consequences of Corona Crisis on the Training Sector and Heading to "Online Education"

Training is a strategic choice for any organization looking to prepare a human resource capable to meet business needs and rapid developments in the field of work. Keeping up with on-the-job training is of great importance due to the new knowledge and skills provided by the training of the employee, or by introducing him to the best solutions of the problems he faces during the practice of his profession. This would increase his ability to perform his work and avoid mistakes to reach the desired level that any organization seeks to in order to achieve progress and advancement.

Vocational training with its various forms, methods and levels is aimed to increase the return of human capital investment and providing the individuals concerned with the skills that lead to the improvement of their work performance. Training ultimately aims to reduce the gap between the knowledge or skills that already exist among the individuals concerned prior to training on the one hand and the information and skills that need to be acquired by those individuals on the other hand.

 The training sector was globally affected by the Corona pandemic

Modern training is no longer a traditional concept limited to holding traditional training courses. It has become a strategic choice in the human resources development and investment system. This concept is not only related to the employee or worker, but also it is called the most important human resource on which all development plans are based in any institution or society.

Economic institutions are suffering from a major crisis as a result of the Corona pandemic, which has spread globally and has caused heavy losses in all forms of the economy locally and globally. These institutions have been severely affected by its dependence on direct communication which is prevented by the precautionary measures adopted by institutions and individuals to reduce the spread of the virus.

In a study conducted by London Premier Centre Training based on the estimated figures available and the study of cases of other centers especially in London and Dubai, the study concluded that the market was significantly affected and the losses of this sector reached 200%. The figures indicated that London carried out about 850 training courses for participants from outside Britain in the first half of 2020 to decrease to 2780 training courses from last year for the same period.

In Dubai, estimates figures indicate that 520 training courses was offered in the first half of 2020 compared to 1,350 for the same period last year.

It is noted that the number of external courses usually increases in the second half of each year due to the preoccupation of departments and companies in the first half to obtain approvals and financial credits which often need time, and they are obtained by the end of the year.

In this stage, the continuity of direct learning has become more challenging. Like other education strategies, “online learning” comes with a range of pros and cons. It can be said that it is one of the solutions used by countries to cope with the spread of the virus and not to disrupt the entire process of education. However, there are challenges facing this process in some developing countries due to the lack of the necessary technological structure and the spread of electronic illiteracy.

Adoption online training as a primary solution

In addition to the basic work in traditional training, some training centers offer “online” training courses as an alternative to traditional training courses that give a different effect and benefit comparing to online training. However, in the light of the corona crisis, this kind of training has not succeeded to fill  the vacuum left by the interruption of traditional training in terms of numbers or revenues. For instance, Dubai has not gained any economic return from online training courses compared to regular ones.

The future of the training centers in the coming period is uncertain and unclear, therefore the online training process must continue to maintain continuity and customers.

Training contributes actively to the development of human relations within the working environment, and satisfies the basic psychological needs of managers. This reflects positively on improving and developing the productivity of the organization. Training is an ongoing process involving all employees throughout their careers.

Conclusion:

All educational systems have one task is to overcome the learning crisis that we are currently experiencing, and to fight the pandemic that we all face. Today, the challenge is to reduce the negative effects of this pandemic on learning, and take advantage of this experience to improve learning at a faster pace.



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