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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Report

The following comments were made during a discussion by members of the training department at your company about whether or not the department should replace classroom-based training with online training. Your manager has asked you to write a report on implementing online training, including: the benefits, the pitfalls and what your recommendation(s) would be:


"Just-in-time training is great - it can take place anywhere, even in bed!"

"The company will save money by getting rid of our traditional way of training."

"Will our employees miss the interaction with a real person?"

Write the report for your manager. (around 280 - 320 words)

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • Make a list of some of the reasons for introducing online training, including the points mentioned in the task:
    - flexibility, can be accessed at any time of day
    - reduces training costs
    - can be customised for individual employees
  • Now think about some of the reasons for not introducing online training:
    - can very expensive to set up
    - employees could react negatively to learning in this way
    - some skills not suitable for learning online
  • Now decide what your recommendation would be, and why:
    - a complete replacement with online training?
    - a 50:50 solution?
    - keep the situation as it is?
  • Finally, are there any practical actions that you need to take to ensure the success of your training programme:
    E.G. explain the changes to staff in a meeting
    issue staff with laptops for learning at home

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question fully?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate for a report?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent for your report?
  • Will it be useful and helpful for the manager and other members of the training department?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!


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