In today’s commercial environment, where market conditions are precarious and competition is fierce, there are a number of things that could cause a business to fail. But according to recruitment agency Express Employment Professionals, there are five major problems that are more concerning than others and nearly all of which are to do with employees. These are:

As a result, more and more businesses are prioritising training in order to increase employee ability, enhance personal development, improve retention rates, and ultimately generate higher revenues. One of the best ways to do this is through Competency-Based Education.


Toys_Games-01What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) refers to adaptive outcome-based instruction that caters for the changing wants and needs of students and teachers. Employees participating in this type of training are able to progress by achieving objectives and demonstrating mastery of a certain topic or theme.

However, it is conducted at the member of staff’s own pace and allows them to demonstrate what they have learnt, as soon as they’ve learnt it. In this respect, CBE is incredibly flexible, because it allows individuals to work quickly or slowly, polish up on existing knowledge or engage with new information.

But above all else, CBE measures learning rather than time. Regardless of how long it takes for an individual to grasp a certain subject, as soon as competency is achieved, they can move onto another topic or complete their learning.

This has immeasurable benefits from an educational point of view, as students can complete courses or degrees in half the time of traditional teaching techniques. However, it can also be incredibly useful and valuable in the enterprise too, as businesses need their employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in a quick, efficient and effective way.


The principles of Competency-Based Education


Sweets_Drinks-03The benefits of Competency-Based Education

A handy infographic produced by Rasmussen College points out some of the advantages that students can benefit from if they take part in CBE. However, these can be applied to a commercial environment too.

Over half of these students also said that all of the aforementioned boons and benefits applied to them. For a business, employees could potentially complete a training course quickly and efficiently in an inexpensive way if CBE is introduced.


Technology-01Wranx relationship with Competency-Based Education

The comprehensive training solution we have here at Wranx takes all of the principles and benefits associated with Competency-Based Education and make it available for any business.

Rather than giving employees an overwhelming amount of facts and figures in one go, we space out our training over time. This allows members of staff to learn at their own pace while effectively acquiring and retaining new knowledge. Spaced retention, another teaching technique that prioritises unfamiliar topics and limits training to short periods of time each day, is another method Wranx uses to accelerate learning. This also helps employees avoid subjects they already have sufficient comprehension of.

Through gamification, we also exploit the human instinct of competition and take advantage of our natural quest for greater knowledge. By applying game design thinking to training scenarios, employees become incentivised and engaged with the topics they are learning about. As a result, development, competency, knowledge acquisition and retention levels increase.

While CBE is becoming an increasingly common teaching method in schools, colleges and universities, it also has innumerable benefits for businesses too.

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