Let's face it! Most training does not work, regardless of how practical the training programme might be. It often seems that participants are not able to acquire the skills necessary to face real challenges in a real working environment. Nevertheless, scientific research and industry reports indicate that cutting training budgets when economies are in downturn is a business suicide. In addition, numerous studies have found that the most successful companies are simply the ones with the best-trained staff. Hence we cannot ignore the importance of training even though it does not fully deliver on its promise.

So why does most training not work? Or rather should we say, why does most training not work in the way we expect? Any driving instructor will tell you that you cannot learn to drive unless you step into a car, assisted by a qualified person who is ready to help if you make a mistake. Whether you want to learn to drive, cook or assess the security of an on-line banking system, at one point or another you will have to "drive the car" while the right instructor is next to you to make sure you don't hurt yourself or others. We call it "Knowledge Transfer" and it is made up of two components: 1) practical training, carried out on live networks and technologies designed by our security consultants; 2) on-site practice, delivered at your organization, with Silensec specialists working side by side with your staff – that's when you get to drive the car, while we assist you from the passenger seat. We have served companies worldwide since 1998 and have found no better way to deliver skills than by "driving the car with you". There is simply no other way.

Dr. Almerindo Graziano
Sheffield, UK
March 10th, 2014

 

“Hands-on” Practical Training Theoretical Training

Taught by consultants

If you’re going to walk the talk, you need someone to show you way - a training course taught by consultants will deliver skills and draw on real-life experiences.

Taught by trainers

The main difference between a trainer and a consultant is the real-life experience. Can you learn to drive a car from someone who has only ever used a simulator or worse still from somone has never driven a car?

Realistic number of topics covered

Practical training can cover a sensible number of subjects, tools, tips and tricks within an allotted time frame, giving enough time to practice each topic.

Unrealistic number of topics

Many training courses in the world often fall into the trap of teaching too much, attempting to “cover everything” in an unrealistic space of time. The truth is that in one week or even one month you will definitely not learn everything. The result of this is that the student will not have enough time to absorb what they have been taught and hence will not gain any skill.

Scenario-based

Training should be based on a real scenario, run in a real laboratory and with real servers. That's what your working environment is all about: real solutions for real problems, not role-playing games.

Lecture-based

A course based on slides and a few exercises on a CD cannot reproduce the daily challenge that you will face in the office environment – therefore, it will not equip you with practical skills.

70% practical

A course that is mainly based on practice allows the candidate to absorb information and acquire practical skills by doing. The student will make mistakes, troubleshoot and learn to adapt as required in real life.

30% practical

People learn from practice in real-life situations - if most of a course’s allotted time is taken up by lecturing, then there is not enough time given to helping the student acquire practical skills needed for the workplace.

The end result is a set of acquired skills

What counts at the end of the day is what you learn to do and not what you claim to know. As a result of practical training you will come away with a set of skills that you can apply to your working environment.

The end result is a certification

At the end of a theory-based training course, you might have taken in a great deal of theoretical knowledge, and you may have even attained a great certification, but that will not help you in your working environment.

 

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