Major Challenges of the Construction Training Business and the Solutions

February 17, 2023

The construction industry is constantly looking to elevate due to the change in modern resources, creation and architecture. The construction sector is labor intensive and that means specialized knowledge is required even if not formal education. 

Training can provide such specialized know-how. Indeed, the construction training business is a vast and exponentially growing sector.  

Let's say your clients are in the construction industry, some primary challenges can come up while providing training given their practical and technology-based foundation. 

Here’s what you can do about it: 

1. Hiring Competent Trainers

In the training business, it is easy to get lost and prefer trainers with impressive soft skills. 

But for the construction sector, it is essential to hire trainers with specialized knowledge, interest or education in civil engineering and architecture to provide the true benefit of the training program to the trainees. 

2. Providing Relevant Education

Since the construction sector requires field work and as one would say “work through hands”, you need to create both on-site and online modules. 

Keep the offline modules about the new equipment, safety hazards, planning, strategizing and other construction-related training. The online modules can be about leadership, teamwork, newer developments, etc. 

Create structures and specialized courses on drywalling, pipelining, construction estimates and laws.  

Your students must be used to practical work and less of theoretical and abstract concepts. Ease them into training with the knowledge they already possess. 

Sometimes, your trainees may be ex-pat laborers. They may be going through a tough phase of settling down in a foreign environment and learning how to handle new and complicated tools. You can customize RTO materials and provide your clients with specific and relevant courses to train these workers and help them quickly adapt to the employer’s expectations.

The idea is to generate interest in the training you will provide to the learners. 

3. Staying Up-to-Date

It is a must as a training business to be up-to-date with the happenings of the industries you work in or for. 

For construction, new developments in AI, raw materials, tools, architecture and other technology are crucial. 

When your trainers have the right knowledge to grab the learner’s interest and perhaps provide them with relevant information, your service will prove more fruitful. 

4. Connecting With The Trainees

Many times training businesses forget that the learners/clients could know more about the industry than they do. Just because they are seeking training does not mean there is less information. 

By interacting with your clients or those you’ll be training, getting a good sense of where the gaps lie and what is required can really help elevate your training program. 

Understand what are the problem areas faced by the workers and provide individual solutions for those issues. Later, take up the subject for the entire group so others are also made aware of the challenges in the field. 

You may even invite the worker or the supervisor to discuss the problems they have identified and provide training on those outlines. 

5. Feedback Loop

Lastly, an absence of a feedback loop can negate the positive effects of your training, which is often the case. 

Avoid dumping information on your clients without questioning or engagement.

Encourage them to give you feedback and raise queries. Perhaps, create take-home assignments and provide feedback on those. 

Whatever way you provide training, ensure that honest feedback goes hand in hand. 

Conclusion

The construction training business is challenging but can be a very prestigious venture. It can help create a less hazardous space, prevent construction accidents and help the labor stay useful in changing times. 

By identifying the challenges and needs of your clients you can create a training plan for construction companies to help them become safer, more productive and quality service providers.

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Crystal Simmons
Crystal Simmons is a freelance writer and is passionate about helping people. She also has her own blog where she shares her tips and tricks.

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