Bizmatrix challenge our students thinking when it comes to practical training. We believe that you cannot get a clear understanding of the theory and practical training unless you have made mistakes along the way and learnt from them. Through creating a mock environment, appliances are often designed in a clear and easy-to-use way, being regularly checked to comply with safety regulations. This is standard. Still complying with regulatory bodies, Bizmatrix work hard to create new and less known scenarios for students to work through.
Those who have not completed training with us often ask us why or what’s the point of this? So here’s the answer, with supporting evidence:
Annie Murphy Paul from “Brilliant: The Science of Smart” outlines The Best and Worst Learning Techniques, explaining the following strategies:
- Practice testing. “Research shows that the mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval.” (Murphy Paul, 2013). Bizmatrix use this theory to complete regular practical training tests on students, not only for assessments but as practice assessments, so that they can easily remember what is important when working in high and low pressure environments.
- Mixing up different types of problems (evidence to shows that this is helpful when learning motor tasks). Through creating a range of scenarios and potential issues that may arise, this creates a holistic learning approach. From paper work problems, to documentation to onsite, or installation hazards, we are sure to cover all sides in training so that none of these factors are missed once students leave our training centre.
- Furthermore, Seth from Scholar Habit explains about practicing and making mistakes “The good news about this study habit is that once you overcome your fear of failure, it gets pretty easy to do. You will discover you are learning a lot faster and with much more understanding of the material. This is because you are forcing yourself to think about what you already know and using that to figure out the solution.” The below diagram shows the process of learning through mistake training.
Gas and electrical are extremely high risk education, and once students have left our training site to go out and work on field, they cannot afford to make mistakes, due to the extreme risks involved. We prefer students to make mistakes under a secure and controlled environment, so that once they go out on their own, they have learnt as much as possible about the best procedures to work safely and effectively on site.
To us, it is an extremely effective way of not only training students, but giving them extra knowledge that may save their life one day.
Whatever you do in gas and electrical, always be sure to follow systematic procedures, document it, double check it and above all, be safe.
For more information refer to Australia and New Zealand standards about what the latest compliance and safety guidelines are, to always ensure you stay within the requirements.
Bizmatrix Managing Director