Remit Group recently undertook an employer survey to see what changes people anticipated in the learning and development space as a result of Covid-19 with some interesting results. Remit work with a range of employers in different sectors including automotive, IT, food manufacturing, retail, hospitality, financial services, utilities and professional services.

Business impact of Covid-19 on organisations?

In the first instance we asked them about their business and the impact of Covid. The survey reveals that 45 % of the employers said that there had been no impact to their business. However, 18% stated that it would take an estimated 3-6 months to get back to pre-Covid levels, with a further 18% estimating over 6 months and a further 18%, stating they didn’t know how long this would take.

What has been the positive impact of Covid?

However, organisations were asked to comment on some of the positive impacts of Covid. The most notable being a new confidence, with over 90%, in remote working, technology and 45.5% in virtual learning.

Changes in delivery methodology?

So how will this impact for the future – 81.82 % will change their delivery methodology but to what?

The learning and development survey reveals that 100% of organisations will move towards more on-line delivery, with a further 77.8% considering virtual classroom in addition to on-line learning and 1/3 considering video based learning.

Our experience

With a new found confidence in in remote working, recent reports suggest that between 25-30% of the workforce will continue to work from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021, the way learning and development is delivered will undoubtably change. At Remit we have had to move to a completely virtual delivery model for our Apprenticeship programmes, something we were planning on doing at some point, but the current situation has exponentially increased the pace of implementation.

What are the pros and cons?

  • We have found that the you can’t take an 8-hour workshop and just deliver this virtually. A good learning experience is not sat for 8 hours in front of a computer screen. Curriculum will require re-developing and will need to accommodate shorter sessions
  • Access to platforms – we are delivering learning to a huge range of employers and often they have specific access requirements do they match with ours; some creative thinking has been required
  • Access to the internet – there are times when trainers and learners may not be able to get stable internet access whether this is because of the demands of home schooling or the internet is down, contingencies must be in place
  • Colleague training to deliver – it is a different skill set, on-going development of colleagues to ensure the quality of the learning experience is key

The question is now would we move back to face to face delivery?  Learner feedback has been very positive, we have been able to increase the frequency of contact time, learners have been able to work in small groups, thus enabling peer to peer learning, and no need for travel! That said there are some of the technical skills programmes where we will bring back some elements of face to face learning, when guidelines allow.

If you are interested in finding out more about how virtual delivery, could support your organisation to effectively deliver learning on a range of apprenticeship programmes then contact Fiona Hawkesley on 07970 372730

If you want to find out how our management programmes have been transformed using technology then contact fiona.hawkesley@remit.co.uk and book to attend one of our employer seminars