MechChem Africa

In the Pump systems 101 column this month Harry Rosen highlights how lessons learned during 2KG training courses are now being directly applied by delegates as proof of the educational value of the training.

Pump systems 101 Harry Rosen trainingBusiness is all about getting a return on your investment and training is not excluded from this. So how do you know that the time and money you’ve invested in a skills development programme is bringing you good re- turns? The ultimate objective of a good skills development programme is to bring about a positive behaviour change in the delegates. How do you check that the delegates have not only understood the topics covered in the course, but can apply these concepts in their workplace? How do you measure this behaviour change?

At 2KG Training we believe we have found the answer to this question and, surprising to some, it does not entail the writing of an exam.

Anyone attending one of our 2KG Training courses over the last 12 years has received a certificate of attendance. This is a very posh looking certificate, made all the more impressive by a very official seal of approval from one of our learned engineering institutions stating that the course was accredited for CPD points. This means that the course is of a sufficiently high engineering standard to be accepted by ECSA – the Engineering Council of South Africa.

However, as the certificate is only one of attendance, all we know is that the delegate was present for the duration of the course: it does not mean that he or she learned anything. An analogy in pumping terms would be buying the latest technology, premium efficiency pump with a BEP (best efficiency point) of 85% and expecting it to operate at that level.

As you should know after reading these articles, the fact that the pump is capable of running efficiently and reliably does not necessarily mean that the pump operating in your system will do so. Similarly, exposing your staff to technical courses of high standards does not mean that they will pick up any of the necessary skills required to do their job better ...

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