April 20 - Project Cargo Network (PCN) has issued a video demonstration and started taking pre-orders for its eLearning platform, which is set to be launched on June 1, 2017.

PCN president and ceo, Rachel Humphrey says: "We understand that one of the main challenges in our industry is the lack of training and staff development, especially with new and young staff members. However, specialist training courses and workshops are often expensive and involve travel and time away from the office.

"The custom-built PCN eLearning platform incorporates a comprehensive five-module online training programme.

"Besides the benefits of not having to travel to a training centre and sit in a classroom for extended periods, there are additional advantages to eLearning such as being able to stop the training at your convenience and start again when you are ready. We have taken this a step further by breaking the training into ten-minute sessions which will be long enough to get a key point across but short enough not to disrupt your day."

The online training includes 54 video sessions and, once completed, PCN says that the user will understand the practical, operational and engineering aspects of heavy transport, heavy lift and project cargo and will be able to ask pertinent questions at the relevant time and understand industry terminology.

Each registered user receives a personal log-in so that they can train at their own pace and the profile page contains a progress bar and a list of achievements so participants can track their advancement through the course. Humphrey adds: "An aspect that I particularly like about our new eLearning platform is that high quality, comprehensive industry training is now accessible to staff in developing countries. It helps to put everyone on a level playing field when it comes to learning the theoretical side of heavy transport and heavy lift."