4 ways to make WHS training more fun
- May 29, 2014
- Posted by: Rose_TrainingOZ15
- Category: Rose Training Blog
Rose Training talks creating an inclusive and enjoyable WHS atmosphere
At Rose Training Australia, we are proud to boast the most fun and enthusiastic WHS trainer of all time: Mr. Serge Rossignol. Serge makes the intimidating world of WHS legislation and regulations seem like a sunny walk in the park. How does he do this, you ask? Well, some have suggested sorcery. Others have hinted at superhuman powers. However, we know the truth: Serge uses effective learning tools and practices to make his WHS training fun, enjoyable, and informative. It’s not rocket science, but it makes a world of difference to his WHS students, who appreciate his energy and commitment to his work. In this blog, Serge is going to take you through his 4 top tips for making training fun!
Tip 1: Get some music in there
Everyone loves music, and catchy tunes and lyrics can be a great learning tool in the training room. Music brings us together, making sometimes dreary learning content meaningful and hilarious, and providing a contextual framework for somewhat abstract ideas. Changing up the lyrics to a famous rap song to discuss WHS regulations or playing some calming classical music when students are doing self-directed work can definitely help in making training a lively and enjoyable experience. Last week, Serge brought in a guitar to work and Tim Andersen, a talented WHS student, treated our ears to some fantastic acoustic renditions of current hit songs. His music was the highlight of the week for many students. Below is a link to his cover of Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us. See 1:57 for Serge’s enviable dance skills.
Tip 2: Make use of icebreakers, warmers and coolers
You have probably read our many blogs on the importance of icebreakers, warmers and coolers in the WHS training room. Simply put, Rose Training is a strong supporter of getting-to-know-you activities! Not only do they allow students to learn more about each other, but they also make the entire week of training easier. A cohesive WHS class is one where everyone is at ease with each other. Now, we know that a week isn’t a whole lot of time to get to know someone well. But with the use of icebreakers at the beginning of the course, warmers at the beginning of each day and coolers at the end, you will definitely see a difference in the way your students interact with one another. Gone is the awkwardness, and instead you will see a friendly, hard-working and inclusive group of WHS students. If you want to know more, read our blog on it! //rosetraining.com.au/certificate-iv-in-training-and-education-tae40110-brisbane/
Tip 3: Make the most of technology!
Technology is your WHS friend, not a foe. Serge suggests these tech savvy additions to make the training experience more enjoyable:
- A funny YouTube video. You’d be surprised at how many hilarious and viral videos are out there that concern WHS both directly and indirectly! Whether it’s a safety rap about PPE or miners doing the Harlem Shake without helmets, the Internet is full of discussion starters for the training room.
- An informative and aesthetically pleasing PowerPoint Presentation. Make sure your PPT presentation ticks all the boxes. Helpful, easy-to-read, minimalist and a complement to the trainer, rather than a substitute for one. A PPT crowded with words and tacky clip art will confuse your WHS students.
- Use social media! Set up an online forum for your students to discuss their thoughts, post blogs about their training experience and link each other important information or interesting WHS articles. You may use websites like Facebook, WordPress or LinkedIn! Serge is an avid user of LinkedIn, so we encourage you to connect with him and get involved in WHS conversations!
Tip 4: Be an authentic and credible trainer
You may have a hilarious YouTube video and a great PPT slide, some fantastic icebreakers and a WHS rap ready to go, but the most important thing is to be an authentic, reliable and credible WHS trainer!
Your students won’t want for anything if they know they can count on your enthusiasm and energy every day in the training room. Your presence and role in the room is a big part of your student’s learning experience. If you are prepared, punctual, alert, attentive, helpful and considerate, you have already created an atmosphere of respect and warmth in the class. Other flashy tools and gadgets to aid your training are secondary.
If you want to know more about making WHS training fun, talk to us on Live Chat or call us on 3038 3048!
Our next WHS courses are:
- 7th July – WHS Diploma
- 18th August – WHS Diploma