We originally carried out all health and safety training face to face; it was costly and difficult as we have a large work force all over the UK.
We investigated the possibility of carrying out all training on line, there were a few possibilities.
We investigated the possibilities and decided to try out a couple of providers, one of these being EssentialSkillz.
After a trial period, we arranged for a number of employees to try out the training on line, the feedback was excellent; the training was suitable and very cost effective.
I was responsible for carrying out the training, once we had identified that this was the right direction we implemented the on line training.
We have been using the system for 3 years, it is simple well defined and very cost effective, it meets all of our training needs.
The courses are functionable and easy to edit, any changes are made quickly and efficiently. The risk assessment training is clear and the guidelines are very good, the graphics help the students to learn and understand the requirement of risk management easily.
The reporting system is absolutely first class; we can search on any number of parameters, be it by date of by geographical regions. The line managers use the system reporting for all the monthly statistics that they are required to submit.
Over the last 3 years, we have had lots of queries generated by over 1600 employees spread across the UK and Ireland. The support staff for EssentialSkillz are an absolute peach in terms of speed of response and the technical advice that they provide. It is one of the main reasons that we will stay with them once the current contract expires.
The initial requirement for our company was to provide suitable and sufficient training, which meets the legal requirements and the requirements of the company.
The cost savings in no travelling to attend health and safety courses have been very significant.
The staff can complete the training outside of a working environment, and the functionality of the system allows us to issue the training as and when required.
The on line assessments are a bonus, this has allowed us to dispense with the paper copies of assessments, as they are provide on line and can be retrieved at any time. Any issues raised on the online assessments are sent to the line manager to resolve, and we have full visibility that these issues have been actioned and cleared.