Training budgets for seafarers continue to rise around the world, while e-learning gains ground in maritime training, according to the MarTID 2020 Training Practices Report.
Taking deeper dive into how training budgets are spent, vessel operators report that face-to-face classroom training remains the most heavily used training method. At 84%, face-to-face classroom training is used more than internet-based e-learning, the second most used training method, which 76% of operators indicate is used to a high or medium degree.
But the tide is changing, as this year’s report found that 16% have reduced face-to-face training over the last year; and 23% expect to use less of it in the coming year. In contrast, in regards to internet-based e-learning, 65% of respondents indicated increased usage over the last 12 months, and 84% anticipate increased usage over the coming 12 months.
While the balance between face-to-face instruction and internet-based e-learning is more weighted toward in-person training at METIs than at operators, the trend toward increased use of internet-based e-learning appears almost as large, as the MarTID 2020 report show that 56% of responding METIs indicate an increased use of internet-based e-learning in the past 12 months and 69% anticipate an increase in the coming 12 months.
Though it is not reflected statistically in the 2020 report, the evolution of face-to-face training versus e-Learning will be a fascinating one to watch in the coming years as the full effects of COVID-19 are realized. One consistent throughout: primary training drivers remain increased safety and accident reduction.
MarTID 2020 also surveys operators on the use of tools and systems in training operations. For some, a single system manages all three (training, assessment and competency), while for others, a combination of software, forms and online tools are used. Technology, as is clearly illustrated, will increasingly play a role in the future.
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