Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Training: Illustrating the Benefits

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Training: Illustrating the Benefits

Article excerpt

This lesson will give students a practical understanding of the part that training plays in the workplace. They should enjoy it too.

By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:

* define induction, off-the-job and on-the-job training

* discuss the benefits of training

* discuss the concerns businesses may have about training their staff.

Lesson preparation

The lesson requires students to make a physical object such as a candy bag. Practice making this item yourself as you will be demonstrating this skill to one group of students.

Plan out how you will divide your class into two groups (a mix of students is needed in each group). Arrange the tables in the room so that students can work in their groups, each working around a large table with a minimum of distraction.

Ensure you have the necessary resources. You will require the origami instructions (see page 19 opposite), scrap sheets of A4 paper, and access to a whiteboard and markers.

Lesson plan

First, discuss the terms induction, off-the-job and on-the-job training with students. Arrive at definitions that the students should note down. Pay particular attention to off-the-job training as this is often misunderstood students, who may consider any training in the workplace to be on-the-job training.

Then divide students into two groups and give them separate instructions.

* Group one - provide this group with an item (such as candy bag) already made up and tell them that they have 10 minutes to make as many of these items as possible. No further instructions to be given.

* Group two - sit with this group and demonstrate how to make the item and provide the group with photocopied instructions. When they are confident of how to produce the item, ask them to make as many as they can within the time limit set for group one.

When the 10 minutes is up, check the output from each team. …

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