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Formal training vs. on-the-job experience
April 20, 2020When it comes to heavy equipment, is it best for an operator to learn in a structured training environment - such as a classroom or computer-based training program - or via on-the-job experience? The ideal solution is a combination of the two.
Training: How do you assess what your trainees know?
May 20, 2019Teaching or training is an art form. One of the biggest challenges facing teachers and instructors is discovering how well information being taught is understood.
Tips for Transporting Heavy Equipment
January 18, 2019Moving heavy equipment comes with a unique set of challenges. View these tips to help make sure your equipment is transported safely and effectively.
See how El Paso Water uses our backhoe loader simulator for training
January 16, 2019El Paso Water's use of a backhoe equipment operator training simulator --- article and video.
JB Holland Construction, Inc. - Case Study
January 29, 2018JB Holland selected VISTA to host an e-learning system populated with over 100 VISTA heavy equipment operator training programs available anytime, anywhere to help train new hires and upgrade the skill level of their experienced operators.
Innovative field activity helps trainees visualize haul truck blind spots
December 9, 2016One of the challenges in training new hires to be haul truck operators is that they may not truly grasp just how large the blind spots of a modern ultra-hauler are. To solve this problem, VISTA Training developed a unique on-the-job activity that shocks them into understanding and respecting the blind areas around their haul truck.
Plan for better training outcomes in your mine
November 20, 2016In most mines, inadequate training tends to be invisible, until it is revealed in operational challenges. It then gets fixed in a reactive manner, in the field. Why not modify your training methods instead to produce better outcomes from the start?
8 key advantages of a Learning Management System
August 8, 2014If you're not currently using a learning management system to manage your company's training programs, you're missing out on some significant opportunities for improved efficiency and cost savings. Here's what you need to know.
Mining labor and skills gap will widen significantly, SME warns
May 22, 2014SME recently updated its briefing, Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry. It paints a picture of an industry that will face some herculean workforce challenges in the next 5 to 15 years.
VISTA deploys innovative tablet-based solution for training in remote areas
March 20, 2014In response to a client need, VISTA recently developed a mobile solution that not only delivers courses in remote locations, but also automates the process of maintaining training records in a centralized database.
Article points to mining industry's labor challenges, need for innovative training
May 24, 2012A recent article in The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national circulation newspaper, draws attention to a looming labor shortage in the country's booming mine industry.
Prepare for road maintenance season with motor grader training
May 21, 2012VISTA Training offers a variety of training programs and resources that can help you to maximize the performance and safety of your motor graders and the people who operate them.
The principles of adult learning - explained
August 24, 2011For safety training to be effective, it needs to take into account how adults learn. That's the key message of an excellent paper presented in Professional Safety, the journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers. This paper is highly recommended reading!
Lessons learned from UPS's hands-on approach to driver training
May 6, 2010A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shed light on United Parcel Service (UPS) and its recent adoption of blended learning techniques to help train new package delivery drivers. The mining industry can learn much from this innovative and successful model of training.
How much can you save?
March 1, 2010Improving the effectiveness of your haul truck operator training can help you to significantly increase your mine's productivity and reduce unplanned maintenance expenses. VISTA Training has developed three calculators to help you to determine how much you can save at your mine.
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