15th May, 2024 Read time 3 minutes

Digital Training for Construction Workers: Connecting the Skills Gap Safely

Training is critical for construction workers, especially in a fast paced construction environment. It’s vital for workers to know the risk factors as well as what to do if an incident happens. The bridge between traditional training methods and the digital era is a challenge, however with the right approach, workers can still achieve the training needed for safe working in person. 

One of the most recent problems with the construction industry is the declining number of workers as well as a widening skills gap. This is caused by workers who are lacking in the essential skills relating to digital literacy and technical skills, and they are likely to be needed for modern construction projects.

Examples of safety measures training could include: 

  • Basic construction safety
  • Welding safety
  • Fall protection
  • Toolbox talks
  • Job instructions
  • Workshops, role play and exercises

The problem with traditional training

There are a number of issues with traditional training, making digital training the more viable option for today’s day and age. Traditional construction training often happens with on the job apprenticeships and classroom based learning, making the flexibility of digital training difficult. The hands-on nature of traditional training can also lead to people missing out on  opportunities, if say they were only able to access training online. Training in person is one of the critical elements that helps construction workers learn the safety techniques. 

However, new developments in technology are helping training become more accessible and effective in teaching safety habits. Recent developments in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), simulations and interactive modules mean people can train in an immersive way that was never possible before with traditional methods. 

Keep on reading to learn more about the benefits of digital training especially when it comes to safety:

Better Safety Training: The fact everything is digital means trainees are allowed to practice safety procedures and responses in a controlled digital environment, and will reduce the chance of accidents on site, which is a greater risk with traditional training. As well as this, the use of VR/AR technology can bring a more immersive learning experience, improving the 

Accessibility: One of the key benefits is accessibility. Digital training modules will be accessible remotely, meaning they can be accessed at home and at their convenience. This results in more people learning the safety skills for when they are out working in the construction industry.

More affordable: Training courses that are digital means they can be adjusted in size based on attendees. For example, a business may use a specific training provider. If they find there is a reduction in the number of people joining the course, they could reduce the fee they pay based on the plan. The price could increase if there is more demand for digital training.

If you feel you need to discuss the importance of digital training for construction workers, then do not hesitate to reach out to your team managers. 

Overall, it’s clear there are many benefits to using digital training, bringing the essential training needed to construction workers whilst at the same time improving safety.  

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