Going paperless is an exciting prospect for construction companies, with paperwork increasing in the construction industry adopting technology can give you that competitive edge. Before your company can go paperless though, your team first has to develop the digital skills necessary to effectively use the technology, otherwise they won’t adopt the new technology you’re bringing in and it’s back to square one. To make the transition for your team easy, it’s important to create a training plan that covers the technology you will use and how to use it to go paperless; we’ve put together a guide on how to create a training plan for your construction company to go paperless.
The first step to creating a training plan for going paperless is identifying what technology you need to cover. Your construction company may use a suite of technology, or maybe your training plan is just for a new application you’re bringing into the mix, such as a new data collection app, or software for billing. Make a note of what technology you’re teaching in this training plan.
The next step is to create a set of key objectives for your training plan. What benefit do you want from the training plan? Generally, training plan objectives fall into two broad categories for construction companies:
Create a set of key objectives that suit the purpose of your training plan, for this step you could also include your team to understand where their knowledge gaps are and what they want to learn.
Know that you have your key objectives, the next step is to break them down into the individual processes or elements that your team needs to know to achieve that objective. For example, if one of your objectives is “My team will know how to upload a receipt to our shared drive”, that may break down into the following:
By breaking down your training objectives, it makes designing a training plan much easier because you know what you will need to teach your team.
Before you start designing your training plan, you need to decide how you will conduct your training session which includes where you will do it, and how you will do it. Examples of “where” you could do the training are:
As for “how” you will do you training plan, some options to consider are:
Now it’s time to design your training plan, take the processes and elements you created from breaking down your key objectives and turn them into a guided tour or workshop of what you would like to teach your team.
As part of designing your training plan, consider what technology you will need for the training session, as well as what technology your team should bring with them.
You should also consider having a short QA session after your training to answer any of your teams questions just in case they don’t understand any aspect or you may have missed something.
After you have designed your training plan the next step is to carry it out. With everything planned using the previous steps this is the easy part. Remember to relax and don’t be too rigid about your training plan, sometimes you need to detour to make sure your team properly understands the material you are teaching.
After your training plan is completed, hopefully your key objectives are realised. For any key objectives that are KPI related, measure those KPIs to determine if your training plan achieved your objectives.
Additional to your training plan, you may also want to document the material of your training plan for your team to use as a quick reference. To ensure your documentation is effective, make sure it’s easy for the rest of your team to access.