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In recent times, digital technology has become an increasingly important part of the business organization. Training is one of the areas most affected by this transition, and e-learning options are multiplying.

Since 2018 and the law for the Freedom to choose one's professional future, companies are obliged to participate financially in the professional training of their employees. It is therefore necessary to select the most effective training methods possible. E-learning then becomes an obvious choice for companies wishing to increase the productivity of training and the competitiveness of the organization.

Today, we live in an economic environment based on innovation. For the company, the adaptability of employees and their ability to acquire new skills are a major issue. Through this article, we will discuss the effectiveness of e-learning training to meet this challenge. Whether for the company or for the employee, this learning method has many advantages.

What is the benefit of e-learning for employees?

The first beneficiary of e-learning in companies is of course the employee. For them, it facilitates the learning process, which until now required travel, appointments and external speakers.

Access training anywhere, anytime

With e-learning, employees can always access learning materials such as module content, session preparations, podcasts and recorded sessions at any time of the day or night. With face-to-face training, the employee must travel to speak with tutors face-to-face at scheduled times. This can be restrictive, especially during sprint periods or heavy workloads. E-learning makes it possible to adapt training schedules to each individual and to their professional schedules. This individualized follow-up is one of the great strengths of e-learning. 

Involve employees in their training process

One of the major weaknesses of traditional training is its lack of involvement for the participants. First of all, this learning method allows employees to learn à la carte according to their level of skill and their motivation. This individualization of the training process allows employees to be involved in the training courses because they select them themselves. The freedom to learn is a driving force for employees' commitment to their careers. They become aware of their ability to manage their own career path, which facilitates development and increases involvement. With e-learning, it is very easy to boost learner engagement. For example, between two learning sessions, it is possible to create sub-modules in order to reinforce the learners' knowledge.

Finally, the choice of the employees on the skills to develop through a professional training is also important in order to maximize their engagement. A large number of skills to reinforce can be requested by your employees: 

  • language training (through GlobalExam's e-learning platform for example),
  • Safety training related to the work performed,
  • training on soft skills (stress management, autonomy,...)
  • etc.

What is the advantage of e-learning for companies?

The company also benefits from the individualization of training and increased access to it through e-learning. In a context of globalization, increasingly fierce competition and rapid production driven by specific skills technologies to be mastered, the effectiveness of training becomes essential.

Improve the management of the HR strategy

Managing training on digital platforms allows companies to better monitor the evolution of their employees. By putting individual profiles online on an internal solution, it becomes possible for the company to push for training adapted to its needs in skill. Thanks to the visibility on skills provided by an HRIS, it is possible to visualize the gap between the skills acquired by the employees, and those required to carry out the company's missions. A training module integrated into the HRIS then makes it possible to fill this gap by offering employees training that corresponds to their profile but also to the company's global strategy.

Reduce training costs

In terms of financial benefits, various research reports show that e-learning is more cost-effective than classroom training. Companies save 50-70% on training when they replace instructor-led training with e-learning, including reduced or eliminated travel costs and more focused training. In addition, eLearning is purchased in large volumes to allow many employees to participate. These volume purchases allow the company to negotiate attractive rates with training providers.

Standardize the training experience

Unlike face-to-face training, which relies heavily on the trainer's ability to transmit knowledge and on the method chosen, e-learning offers the same training to all employees who choose to take it. This allows the company to standardize its training process and ensure that each of its employees has the same opportunities to develop their careers.

Conclude on e-learning:

E-learning is a vector of growth and evolution, both for companies and for the employees who benefit from it. In the digital age, e-learning is becoming an indispensable tool that complements classroom training and individualizes courses, but also easily provides a solution to the problem of the skills gap.

Consult the panorama of all the modalities of ascent in skills in our Page"the opportunities of ascent in skills".