Today all staff need a certain amount of IT skills and training and personal development courses are an excellent way of providing these as well as serving to motivate your staff. Naturally it is important to identify the precise training that is needed and that is appropriate for both the business and the individual members of staff. You should also identify why the training is needed and what it should achieve, and you should check to see if your expectations have been fulfilled after the training has been completed.
Finding the courses that are applicable to your requirements will require a little research. You will also need to identify the levels of training that are necessary, for instance most IT training courses are structured in different levels, for instance the first level being suitable for beginners, the second or intermediate level for people who have already the basic skills, and an advanced level.
Here we have selected two IT training courses that are applicable generally to many organisations and which are designed to improve the overall IT skills within an organisation while benefiting and motivating the staff member. These first of these courses addressed Windows 7 and Office 2010 and the second addresses the creation of web pages and writing for the web.
Windows 7 and Office 2010
Each time a new version of Windows comes along there is a mixed bag of benefits and downsides. Step by step the operating system has become more reliable and stable, and Windows 7 is the most stable and useful platform to date. However there is also a learning curve and the tendency is just to battle on and pick things up on the fly. The problem with that approach is that staff tends to operate at less than perfect efficiency and miss out on features of the operating system that could streamline their work and improve their productivity.
Very much the same applies to Office 2010. There are many advances compared to Windows 2003 but there are also many more features and most people find that their productivity is reduced until they get used to them.
This course is designed for staff that has now upgraded or is planning to upgrade from Office 2010 from Office 2003 and from Windows XP to Windows 7. It provides a structured approach and is designed to enable staff to take advantage of the new features that are available while getting them back up to speed.
Elements of the course include:
• Windows 7 Introduction includes getting started with Windows 7, Aero Peek, Shake, and Snap; programmes and the taskbar, data storage, libraries, files and folders and Windows 7 Help.
• Core Changes in Office 2010 examines the main differences between Office 2003 and Office 2010 , the 2010 interface and ribbon, the backstage view, and formatting in Windows 2010.
• Excel 2010 skills update focuses on the new features and interface
• PowerPoint 2010 skills update concentrates on using the new features to enhance presentations
• Word 2010 skills update introduces the new features and focuses on increasing productivity.
Webpage creation and content writing
Today everybody is a web content writer whether this includes producing corporate blogs or engaging in social networking it is important that staff understand the full implications of creating web pages and writing web content. This is useful even if specific employees aren’t responsible for generating corporate copy, but for employees who are even occasionally tasked with web writing it is essential.
Elements of the course include:
• Web awareness covers the fundamentals such as the basics of web design, web standards and visual identity, the fundamental of accessibility, and legal consider rations.
• Writing for the web introduces staff to writing for the web and focuses on the way in which web visitors read content is different from how they read the printed word. Understanding the principles will enable staff to write useful and engaging content.
• Content management systems focuses on CMS such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. Level 1 teaches the CMS essentials such as editing and publishing content, level 2 covers more complex tasks including producing new pages, using images, and content management, while level 3 takes this further and includes website navigation, image galleries, and managing newsfeeds.