New Simulation Course Released: High-Voltage Electrical Switching \Simulator

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We’re excited to be able to offer a new supplement to our existing online training courses for electrical transmission & distribution–a new 3D-animated High-Voltage Switching simulation.

Check out the short highlight video below and contact us if you’d like to learn more.

This simulator allows workers to practice this dangerous, high-risk task safely, an excellent use of scenario-based training and simulations.

Before you go, feel free to download our guide to Online Training for the Electrical Transmission & Distribution industry.

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Guide to Electrical Transmission & Distribution Online Training

Download this free guide to learn how to select and use online training in the electrical transmission & distribution industry. Includes tips on general training, blended learning, online courses and learning management systems, and more.

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New Courses Released: Facilities Maintenance Online Training Library

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Although we publicized this in different ways when it happened, we’re late here at the Convergence Training blog announcing that Vector Solutions, including Convergence Training and RedVector, made a major course release of Facilities Maintenance online training courses this year.

Our new Commercial Facilities Maintenance online training library includes 69 individual courses running over a total of 23 hours and separated into 16 different related series of courses.

Here’s a quick overview video that you might enjoy:

Below is a list of the online training courses in this new Commercial Facilities Maintenance online training library. Let us know if you’d like to learn more about these courses or our LMS for delivering them. Click to contact Convergence Training or RedVector.

We’ve got additional descriptions of each course for you below.

Also, if you want to dig a little deeper into some good ideas for improving your facilities maintenance training programs, check out our record, on-demand webinar explaining how Vector Solutions joined forces with our partners at CBRE to help them build a best-in-class facilities maintenance training program for CBRE and their maintenance techs.

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New Courses Released: National Electrical Code (NEC) 2020®

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You may remember our earlier article mentioning that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) had updated the National Electrical Code, creating NEC 2020®.

Here’s what the NFPA says about NEC 2020® at their webpage:

NFPA 70®National Electrical Code® (NEC®), sets the foundation for electrical safety. The revised 2020 edition of this trusted code reflects the dynamic nature of the industry, incorporating more than 3,700 public inputs and 1,900 comments, resulting in hundreds of updates and four all-new articles related to emerging issues like emergency disconnects, ground-fault circuit interrupter protection, surge protection, power over Ethernet, and more.

To help electricians get or stay certified, Vector Solutions (through our business partners at RedVector) have released a series of new online NEC 2020® training courses to their existing continuing education training library for electricians.

We’ll give some more details about these exciting and important new course offerings below. Please let us know if you’ve got any questions.

Plus, we’re offering a free, live, informational webinar on these NEC 2020® Changes on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Register now and you can attend live, listen, and even ask some questions or, if you miss it, we’ll be sure to get a recording in your email inbox shortly after.

And here’s a quick overview video from some of the NEC 2020® online training courses.

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New Courses Released: Online Lean Manufacturing Training Courses Available

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We’re a little late in announcing this–apologies for that!–but earlier this year we released an entire series of online training courses on the basics of Lean Manufacturing.

These courses cover all the basics–we’ll include a full course-title list below along with course descriptions–and are part of our larger online training library for continuous improvement.

The courses are all made in our famous and award-winning multimedia video production style, which of course includes 2D- and 3D-animations. Check out a quick sample from our Lean Manufacturing highlight video, below.

Read on to learn more about the specific new courses in our Lean Manufacturing series.

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Microlearning at Vector Solutions

Not that long ago, our parent company Vector Solutions undertook a large project to convert some existing courses into microlearning courses that their RedVector customers could use. Very cool.

Even cooler, that microlearning project won a prestigious Award for Excellence in Learning award from Brandon-Hall. Which we’re proud of–congrats to all involved.

In this interview, Vector Solutions Vice President of Content Michael Schreiner will talk with Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training & Vector Solutions about microlearning, what it is, why there’s so much talk about it these days, why it’s useful in training, some common uses of it, about the conversion project itself, and most importantly about how Vector Solutions/RedVector customers can access these microlearning courses.

If you’re a Vector Solutions customer and want to use these microlearning courses, begin by getting our RedVector Go app.

Enjoy and let us know if you have any questions!

 

Here are some resources related to topics Michael brought up in this conversation:

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Adding Online Maintenance Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Companies have been using online training more and more in recent years. But this COVID-19 pandemic, which really became an issue in the United States in early 2020, is making all sorts of companies think even more about using different forms of online training to help transfer knowledge to their employees while assisting employees in the continued development of skills.

Just like any other department, maintenance departments are thinking the same thing, thinking of safe ways to deliver training to maintenance techs while observing social distancing and trying to prevent passing a dangerous viral infection from worker to worker.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few different types of online training in this article and give you some tips for getting some online training to your maintenance techs instead of using instructor-led training.

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Home Safety Tips: Second Free Coronavirus/COVID-19 Video from Vector Solutions & Vector Cares

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As we’re all struggling to respond to and protect ourselves during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, our parent company Vector Solutions has been creating a series of free videos on COVID-19 and releasing them at their Vector Cares website.

The first video explained some basic facts about COVID-19.

They just released the second video, which provides tips for preparing your home to stay safer.

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Vector Solutions Recognizes 2020 “Safety Champions” in Tampa

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Vector Solutions honored a select group of exceptional men and women for their special dedication to reducing risk in the workplace during a recognition event March 12 in Tampa, Florida.

These Safety Champions were nominated by peers, co-workers and others for going above and beyond to make their workplaces happier, healthier, safer places to be. Our honorees hailed from a variety of industries, including industrial manufacturing, construction, water treatment  and others. Below you’ll find excerpts from those nominations.

Read on to learn more about all of these safety champions. And congrats and thanks to all of them, plus everyone working in safety.

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What Is “Online Learning” And How to Do It Quickly and Easily During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many people to work from home and reducing or entirely ending meetings for classroom-style, instructor-led training, there’s an understandable move to put instructor-led training online.

In this article, we’re going to give you some general guidelines for transitioning your instructor-led training (ILT) online, give you a better idea of what online training is, and also link you to some additional articles we’ve created that will help you develop the different types of online learning we’ll explain in this article.

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Free Coronavirus/COVID-19 Video from Vector Solutions & Vector Cares

Our parent company Vector Solutions is creating a series of free videos to help people learn more about coronavirus/COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

This is the first of those videos, and more will follow in short order. You can watch them at the Vector Cares website and we’ll also let you know about them here when they’re available.

Here is a link to the first free coronavirus video, which explains:

  • What the virus is
  • How the virus spreads
  • How to recognize the symptoms
  • How to avoid the virus
  • Treatment for those who are infected
  • What do to if you’re sick

Let us know if you have any questions about coronavirus; stay safe and healthy by practicing social distancing, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and following the other tips in the video and from trusted sources like the CDC; and stay tuned for more free videos on the coronavirus soon.

 

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Free Downloadable Guides and More

From time to time, we create stuff that you can download for no cost right here from the Convergence Training blog. These include a wide variety of things (guides, interactive word games, checklists, etc.) on a wide variety of topics (online safety training, lean manufacturing, job hazard analyses, corrugated board manufacturing, and so on).

We figured you might appreciate it if we created one blog post that includes links to all those different free downloads we offer. And that’s what this post is.

Please note: Although there’s no financial cost for any of these downloads, we will ask for you name and email address. 

Hope you find some downloads that are helpful for you! And let us know if you’d like us to make anything specific for you–we’ll see what we can do!

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