Now don’t get me wrong.
There’s nothing wrong with sitting in a classroom having a teacher tell you how to create a spreadsheet, manage macros or perform mailmerge.
It’s just that …. have you ever wondered whether there might be a better way to get more learning out of a course?
Maybe a more modern way of learning?
Now, just so you know, we offer a number of instructor-led training courses and they deliver great value, but when it comes to learning computer programmes like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access, most of us are pretty incomplete scholars.
And that’s where Pitman Training comes to the rescue with its unusual self-paced approach to learning these popular packages, but more of that later.
You see, if you go on a two-day Word course, you’re probably going to get 10 ½ hours of training, with a little bit of practising.
But the bigger problem is, I’m sure you agree, is that by the time you get back to the office, you’ll have forgotten about 80% of what you learned and your diligently taken notes won’t mean anything.
Which sort of explains the popularity of online training, where you can watch videos again and again to help you absorb the training messages.
The problem here is that it’s so lonely and boring most people never finish their courses.
So that’s where Pitman Training has been so clever.
They offer courses at their training centres which are supported by real live trainers sitting next to you when you need help.
It’s one of those really obvious but brilliant ideas, similar to online training but the lessons are delivered in their training centres and take rather longer than classroom sessions.
And the levels of retention and demonstrable skills are far greater than for classroom or home online learning.
The student gets to take the lessons they need, when they need them, but there’s always an experienced trainer on hand to guide them when they get stuck or demotivated.
And they’re open really long hours. At the Pitman Training centres in London’s Notting Hill and Holborn, and in Manchester for example, they’re open till 8:00 pm most evenings and all day Saturdays too.
And because it works a bit like a gym, where you attend when you want, without a timetable, it’s really flexible.
The great thing about it when you’re taking MS Office courses, is that you can study for a while, practice and practice and practice till you’re fluent in the task you’re trying to learn and then either leave or go on to the next element of the course.
That means you develop really good skills and you remember what you’ve learned.
That’s important because when you go for a job interview, you can demonstrate how you’ll deliver real value to your employer, way beyond the norm.
In fact, Pitman Training is extremely proud of the level and the depth of practical skills their students develop.
Shilpa Wymer, Principal of the Pitman Training centres in Notting Hill, Holborn & Manchester explains:
“There seem to be 3 levels of Microsoft Office users looking for the same jobs. There’s self-taught candidates who don’t usually have the skills to be hired, those who have been on traditional courses and have some work experience, and Pitman trained people who have a true understanding of the productivity benefits Microsoft brings to employers.”
“Every day we see our students scooping up the most interesting and highest paid jobs and that’s because our training methods make them really confident and competent.”
Of course, learning to be a top-end user of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or Access isn’t cheap but if you’re serious about standing out from the job hunting crowd, it’s worth making the investment in your skills.
Shilpa confirms that “the best value route to developing your skills is to take one of our diploma programmes like MS Office Plus or Microsoft Fast Track, but even if you can’t afford the time or money to take one of these programmes, at least take a Word course, Excel course or PowerPoint courseto make you more attractive to employers.”
“With a Pitman Training qualification, you’ll really stand out from the crowd.”
You can contact Pitman Training:
Notting Hill – 020 7792 5214
Holborn – 020 7025 4700
Manchester – 0161 923 6814