Our professional education and training services deal with learning in a holistic way and in a variety of sectors.
When it comes to staff training, we offer all the services that our clients might need to achieve the desired productivity increases and behavioural changes at the workplace. Any training endeavour that is intended to bring results and to achieve significant returns on investment should start with a clear scoping of the skills that the employees in specific units require to be able to perform their job duties diligently, without difficulty, and at elevated levels of quality and precision. This exercise should clearly delineate the requirements in terms of skills and aptitudes in such a way as to enable a comparison of such desirable skills with those actually in existence. This mapping exercise will allow a so-called gap analysis to be undertaken, the result of which will shed light on the training requirements and their ideal priorities to maximise return on investment. This exercise is usually referred to as a Training Needs analysis or a Training Needs Assessment (both of which are referred to as TNAs). More information on TNAs is available here. Our experience in this field also shows that significant returns on investment in professions in the creative industry can also benefit from staff training and development that is not directly related to the individual’s field of work. By way of illustration, engineers working in research and development have benefited greatly by furthering their studies in the seemingly-unrelated field of biology. The wing structure of a butterfly, for instance, has served as the inspiration for more efficient computer processor heat sinks whereas fireflies (insects with light-emitting lower abdomens that emit no heat) are considered to possess one of the Holy Grail components for lighting that could potentially lead the way for the next revolution in lighting following Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Reinforced cobwebs from genetically-engineered spiders have also been utilised to produce stronger and lighter bullet-proof vests. Rather than being remote examples, the foregoing instances are increasingly becoming the norm in modern-day research and innovation projects, as well as those requiring a creative frame of mind. Once the training needs for different individuals are identified, individual learning preferences also need to be appraised. We do this using industry-standard psychometric tests that have been thoroughly tested over large samples and longitudinally, and have been found to have statistically-significant predictive power. Once individual training preferences are identified, employees within a company requiring the same training may be grouped together on the basis of learning preference and learning material may be adapted to them in order to ensure the best results from training. At times, rather than training existing staff, it can be more expedient to recruit a new employee who already has a good grounding in the requisite skills. Equinox Advisory also helps its clients in recruitment testing and job-fitting and can provide a total HR Outsourcing solution. New recruits might also require some degree of training to come up to scratch with the job at hand and it would also be ideal for them to go through the TNA process once they have been employed if this is determined to be the most expedient course of action. Following the clear scoping of the training required, we would usually either deploy or adapt material from our wide spectrum of existing material to the requirements of the company or else construct bespoke material from scratch to meet the client’s requirements.
The advantage of deploying readily-available material if it meets the client’s requirements is that chances are that it is already accredited. The Equinox Academy endeavours to accredit its standard courses through the National Commission For Higher Education (NCFHE) with a view to being able to obtain EU-wide recognition for the training given. However, such courses are not always the recommended option as the training requirements identified might not fit in nicely with standard training courses. This is usually determined on a case-by-case basis.
Our work in the field of pedagogy and education has also included appraisals and design of educational curricula. Our work in this field does not take a one-size-fits-all approach but rather takes into account the differences in learning preferences to come up with the solutions that work best in given circumstances. Given our other competences, our work in this field also includes recommendations on how to make the best use of external funding opportunities for training as well as the best use of technology.
E-learning (or eLearning), generally speaking, is the use of electronic media and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. As such, E-learning encompasses all forms of educational technology in learning and teaching. As such, it includes multimedia learning, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), computer-based instruction (CBI), computer managed instruction, computer-based training (CBT), computer-assisted instruction or computer-aided instruction (CAI), internet-based training (IBT), web-based training (WBT) and webinars, online education, virtual education, virtual learning environments (VLE), m-learning, and digital educational collaboration. Because e-learning is so vast, it has become common practice to refer to the specific components of e-learning by name rather than to just the encompassing term for the avoidance of confusion. E-learning takes place over various types of media. These deliver text, audio, images, animation, and video over a number of channels. E-learning can take place in a variety of settings. It can take place in a classroom, from the convenience of one’s home and even while commuting. It can be self-paced and asynchronous or instructor-led and synchronous in real time. E-learning is suited to distance learning, but can also be used in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, in which case it is referred to as blended learning. E-learning can also be linked to a new pedagogical method, that of digital story telling.
Our training services arm, Equinox Academy, leverages our expertise and experience in conducting high-profile consulting assignments to provide customers from the fields of professional services, academia and vocational services comprehensive training solutions that meet their collective and individual needs. Equinox Academy is licensed by the National Commission for Higher Education to provide quality training services. Our expertise on the provision of business advisory services and HR-related services means that we can also offer services that are ancillary to training itself. These services include innovation audits, training needs analyses, teambuilding activities and executive coaching.