Properly accredited and licensed forklift training is a must for any of your employees expected to operate a forklift truck, and forklift training companies offer a wide range of training courses to suit differing needs. One novel service many forklift trainers operate is the ability to train your workforce in proper forklift operation at your own place of business, without having to ship them off to a remote training centre. However, while this training approach comes with a number of obvious advantages, having your employees trained on-site in this way can also create a few headaches -- you should therefore make sure this approach is right for your business before you proceed.
What are the advantages of choosing on-site forklift training?
Familiarity: One key advantage of on-site training is that your employees will receive forklift training in the very same environment they will work in once fully qualified. As such, on-site training serves to increase your employee's familiarity with floor plans, working practises etc. at the same time as gaining proficiency with a forklift and is particularly useful for workers in large warehousing facilities.
Team-building: On-site training also keeps your workers working together as a unit, while off-site training facilities may have them mixing with employees from other companies. This can help improve teamwork and co-operation on the job, a particular boon when it comes to safe forklift operation.
Easy monitoring: On-site training also allows you to personally keep an eye on your employees while they train, allowing you to offer close support to struggling employees and maintain workplace discipline more easily.
Less expenses: On-site training means no travelling expenses, such as hotel rooms and group transportation which can be prohibitively expensive for large groups of employees. Less time spent on the road also means your employees can get straight to work once their training is complete.
What about the disadvantages of on-site training?
Space constraints: In many cases on-site training is only a viable option for larger companies, as a portion of your working area will have to be set aside as a dedicated training area. This can put a squeeze on productivity and block access to vital areas -- to get around this you might consider instituting night-time on-site training, but bear in mind that this approach will incur overtime costs and increase energy bills in businesses that do not ordinarily run at night.
Liability issues: As cynical as it sounds, off-site training also leaves legal responsibility for the well-being of your employees in the hands of the training company. Any accidents or mishaps that take place during on-site training, however, may be legally attributable to your company.