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PIA's Online Skills Courses - A Competitive Edge for Your Agency

In depth research by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 70% of all workplace learning occurs through informal learning processes driven by workers finding...
September 20, 2005

In depth research by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 70% of all workplace learning occurs through informal learning processes driven by workers finding the information they need to do their jobs.  Informal learning is the combination of improvised, unplanned, just-in-time learning efforts that are inherent in everyday business operations - such as searching for information in a book or on the Web, asking an expert peer for assistance, or even better, by referring to online courses written by experts in handling business issues needed for your job.  Collectively, these on-the-job learning efforts exert tremendous influence over your agency's real productivity and performance capabilities.

As an employer you can now influence and tailor both the formal and informal learning needs of your biggest asset - your people.  Through PIA, you and your employees now have access to the world's largest collection of online business skills courses provided by SkillSoft.  Save training time and money by reducing the need to pull your workers off their mission critical tasks to send them to instructor-led training classes.  Now you can provide more affordable and instructionally sound learning to employees at their desktops using courses you select based solely on your agency's business needs.

The educational goals of your online curriculum might include:

  • pre-employment screening,
  • bringing new employees up to speed,
  • allowing established employees to develop new skills, or
  • setting up internal certification programs for your staff. 

For example, consider the advantages of assigning courses to improve the desktop computing skills of your employees.  They can then create more effective spreadsheets, better reports and more dynamic presentations.  In today's economy, a competitive advantage such as a powerful sales presentation filled with creative slides, commanding visuals and a clear message can mean the difference between winning and losing business.

Other advantages of PIA's online skills courses include online record keeping for each student and free use of the online courses for one year after purchase as quick reference material to enhance daily productivity.  And don't worry if you disconnect from the Internet (intentionally or otherwise) while taking a course.  Automatic bookmarks will take you back to the point where you were in the course. Simply log in again and select the course you were working on.

PIA's online courses are the best value available anywhere for insurance industry and general business skills.  You save time and money, and trained employees will give your agency a competitive edge.  PIA can also provide advice to help you select the courses best suited for your business needs.

Many PIA affiliates offer these online courses in addition to their other valuable educational offerings.Tosee if your local PIA affiliate is participating in the PIA National online training program described here and to get started,click here. To see all of the educational programs available through your local PIA affiliate association, please visit their website or contact them today.

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