Confused about which training method suits your needs better? PJH Safety gives you the low-down on what’s best for your business

Today nearly everything, including health & safety training, seems to be available online. Now training courses can be delivered in an electronic learning format, instead of the traditional classroom or 1-to-1 but what are the pros and cons of each method? To help you make the best choice for your health & safety, first aid, fire safety or risk assessment needs we’ve got the info you want to make an informed choice.

Face to face training: Strengths & weaknesses

There are several advantages of both group and individual classroom learning but one of the strongest has to do with the flexibility and personalisation which only a tutor-led experience can provide. Having a qualified trainer leading a training session enables the trainees to fully interact with the content with improved focus and the ability to ask questions of a real human being. Face to face tends to be less regimented than online learning courses with the trainer being able to tailor and adjust their approach and explore elements in greater depth and breadth depending upon the needs of the group or individuals.

In addition, face to face training sessions carries a number of secondary benefits – not least of which is the opportunities it presents to candidates for networking with people outside of their normal environment, thereby encouraging knowledge sharing and a broader perspective.

In terms of disadvantages face to face training tends to cost more than an online course. However, many employers recognise that paying a little more is a small price to pay for a more comprehensive learning experience for their staff. For small businesses releasing staff to attend a training course may also sometimes be problematic – but the short term problems of this are often outweighed by the advantages that good training brings to the company overall.

E-learning: the pros and cons

Flexibility is the great benefit of online or electronic learning.  With this method of training, you or your staff can access the information 24/7 from any location via an internet connected laptop (sometimes even just a smartphone!). In addition, with the content being standardised you can be sure that an employee is seeing a consistent message which is the same for all learners. Previously, people have been wary of e-learning based on the fact that gaining an accredited qualification was difficult – However, today there is a huge selection of online training courses where recognised certification is available for candidates passing an online exam.

The drawbacks of e-learning revolve around the ‘distance learning’ aspects that make it so popular. It has been observed that focus and engagement with online training can be less than that achieved during face to face training. Participants can dip in and out of e-learning courses with the possibility of the information being poorly assimilated by the person. The isolation and inability to ask interactive questions can make this option problematic with more complex topics.

High-quality health & safety learning courses for you

PJH Safety is always delighted to provide both face to face and e-learning options on a range of related courses. We can advise you on which learning method best suits your business needs, as well as providing friendly, professional help and guidance.

Are you looking for friendly, helpful and professional Health & Safety training? Get in touch with PJH Safety Training today on 01925 812095 / 07969 344673 or email us at

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