Online courses – How online training benefits care sector workers

online courses for care workers

In the past, career specific tuition typically was split between the classroom and the workplace. For further education, students would leave secondary school and sit A Levels or attend sixth form colleges with vocational centric training. Those seeking higher education would move to Universities across the country.  Training was seen as face to face; in lecture halls or workshops focused on a degree.  Today, with access to online courses becoming easier, more and more school leavers, full time employees are turning to online teaching.

This article looks at the advantages of online classes and why it works well for those in the care sector.


Whether you are looking to advance in your chosen career, have decided to start a new one, are a university graduate wanting to work in care or are a student that’s just finished their GCSEs – online learning has many advantages over traditional learning.  Thanks to the development of the internet and high speed broadband, training no longer needs to be associated with the long commute to training centres or staying away from home during the working week.

Today, some students find they can learn just as much from their own computer, laptop or Apple Mac at a pace that suits them and encourages personal development. From their own home or from the office, e-learning can offer huge rewards especially when time is an issue.

To help see if online training is suited to you, we’ve listed some of the biggest benefits of attending classes online with an emphases on existing or potential care workers.

Online courses For Trainees

Greater Course Variety.
In the past students have been restricted to types of course due to certain subjects only being available at certain Universities, Colleges or training centres. Often these would be hundreds of miles away, forcing a long commute or prolonged study periods on campus. Most universities now offer variations of e-learning with the open university leading this field. Specific care centric courses, such as learning the 15 standards of the care certificate can be accessed online with pathways to more specialist subjects.

Expert Tuition and Guest Lecturers.
E-learning allows for the sharing of collective knowledge over greater distances. Providers of online courses can utilise experts that previously would have been inaccessible to a large percentage of the population.  Leading experts in subject areas can offer their experience from the other side of the country that students can then review in the comfort of their own home.

Better work life balance.
Flexible learning empowers employees and candidates to work at a time that suits them. Less time travelling to different locations for training means more time with friends and family, and a greater focus on what is important.

Self paced learning for busy care workers.
Interactive healthcare training in the care sector means that those with busy work schedules can dedicate a portion of their time outside of work on study over a period of weeks (or months) rather than miss out due to general duties.

Sense of accomplishment.  Better job prospect.
Learning new skills can be rewarding. Adding to your resume can unlock new opportunities.

Online Courses for Employers

Greater flexibility over training.
Face to face training can be expensive. You are paying for an expert to be on site for a set period and have to arrange a time and day where staff have cover. Enrolling your staff on an online course allows you to dedicate study time away from duties without worrying about the overall rota.  Even better, if your employees wish to study outside of hours, the resource is in place for them to do so.

Cheaper training costs.
As online courses are designed for self paced learning, organisations such as care providers can purchase courses or subscriptions in bulk.  There is no cost for travelling, no overnight stays at course centres that are several hundred miles away and no re-arranging staff duties if the staff member or course tutor is ill.  Additionally, entire departments can be enrolled on training programs at the same time often leading to high volume discounts for e-learning courses.

All course material in one place.
Forget multiple page hand-outs that inevitably end up in a folder on the shelf. With online training your staff can access a centre portal to review modules, tests and workbooks 24/7. One to one tuition may offer the personal touch but it doesn’t make it easy to review topics your employees may struggle with or need additional time to study.  E-learning, puts the employee in control, meaning they can move at a pace that suits them rather than the trainer.

Up-to-date, relevant information.
The care sector is an ever changing environment. New legislation or changes to existing requirements often mean staff need to revisit courses. Online learning allows employees to see updated information in real-time rather than wait for a work based refresher course.

An annual subscription to a distance learning care course for your workers is far cheaper than perpetual visits from a specialist trainer at dates that ultimately suit them.

At Online Care Courses, we understand the value of flexible training to both care worker and care provider. With 30% off your first month for all CQC training courses we are the number one provider of care centric courses in the UK.

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