The coronavirus pandemic is raising many difficult challenges for businesses, but it’s also unlocking new opportunities within virtual training. During the height of the UK lockdown, around 60% of the population were working from home; a high number continue to do so even as some industries start back up again.

For businesses, this is the ideal time to embrace the many benefits of virtual training. This can be a highly effective use of any enforced downtime or disruption to usual workloads. Rather than have staff struggling to find enough work to do, why not use the time to develop their skills?

This isn’t only an investment in your people, but in the future of your business. Perhaps you’re considering repositioning or pivoting the business in response to the COVID-19 crisis, or you’ve been thinking of making operational or organisational changes for a while now.

By investing in quality, strategy-backed training for your key team members, you’ll be better equipped to make that change. This is an area that AvA-V specialises in; we link strategy and training together to make long-term changes that can transform your business.

Why virtual learning?

The most obvious benefit of remote training at the current time is the need for social distancing. Your staff should be now be set up for remote working, so they should be prepared for virtual learning too.

When it’s not safe or practical to attend classroom training in person, virtual solutions are the ideal alternative. They’re often used by companies who can’t spare the time to send staff on training courses or have team members based in locations all over the world. As an approach, it’s flexible, accessible and cost-effective. It can also result in better engagement and knowledge retention.

When you use a remote learning expert such as AvA-V, there’s no compromise on the quality of course content, instructor performance or the outcome for your team. In fact, some companies find that their employees learn better this way. A study by IBM found that eLearning participants were able to learn between three and five times more compared to traditional classroom learning.

There are also benefits for productivity. With online training, employees can resume their usual duties more quickly – without wasting time on travelling. Another insight from the IBM study is that managers tend to spend less time supervising employees participating in virtual training. Plus, trainees can apply their skills to the role immediately. In the IBM study, all of these factors added up to a $30 productivity boost for every dollar spent on training.

Virtual training strategies tailored to your needs

To get the best out of every second spent on virtual training, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve. But you don’t have to figure this out alone. If you’re considering a long-term business change in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, AvA-V can help you develop a bespoke training strategy to achieve your goals.

However, we can also provide industry-leading virtual training if you simply want to upskill your customer service team, or turn sales professionals into sales leaders. Get in touch to find out how AvA-V can help you weather the current storm and come out stronger.