Training & Innovation 2010
Rethinking transfer: the sustainability of training in occupational health and safety
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In advance of the seminar, the results of a research study (Gründler & Schulz, WissensImpuls 2009, commissioned by the IAG) on transfer of training measures had been didactically and methodologically prepared and translated by Ralf Besser of “besser wie gut” into a creative design for the event. This included an admission and closing ritual designed to maintain participants’ ongoing awareness of the issue of transition from seminar to practice.

A pre- and post-process organized by Anna-Maria Hessenmöller, IAG, helped ensure transfer from the seminar into participants’ day-to-day practice after the event was over.

Download pre- process evaluation (PDF file - DE)
Download post- process evaluation (PDF file - DE)

Day 1 was used largely to sensitize participants to the issue of transfer. It involved, amongst other things, investigating the key factors and depicting the transfer process in graphic form. In interactive workshops, the main challenges to successful transfer were then considered from the point of view of practitioners. Participants agreed that the workshop led by Helga Brüggemann on “The high-transfer participant” had a particularly lasting impact.

The main focus of Day 2 was on discussing possible solutions. At the outset Lynda S. Robson from the Toronto Institute for Work & Health made a provocative presentation of results from a systematic literature review on the effectiveness of training and education for the protection of workers.

Download the presentation by Dr. Robson (EN, PDF file)
Download the presentation by Dr. Robson (DE, PDF file)

In an Open Space process participants worked on possible solutions for central problems. The day was rounded off by Christine Watrinet’s final presentation of tangible examples of corporate cultures that promote transfer.

Download the presentation by Dr. Christine Watrinet (DE, PDF file)

Throughout the entire event, there was also a “research arena” in which the results of important studies on the issue of transfer were presented.

Download the research arena overview (DE, PDF file)

Another element worthy of mention was the “musical walk” with composer Agnes Ponizil, which succeeded in awakening participants’ dormant resources. The organisers hope that the newly-discovered “fire of our voices” will also help the “fire of the event” to continue to burn.

At the wish of many participants a follow-up event will be organised next year on the same topic: at Training & Innovation 2011, examples of occupational health and safety training and education measures that have been successfully implemented in practice will be presented. The 11th Training & Innovation seminar will take place from 3 - 5 September 2012 at the DGUV Akademie in Dresden.

Download the brochure with abstracts from the 10th T & I (DE, PDF file)
Download the program of the 10th T & I (EN, PDF file)

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A report of the 10th Training & Innovation in German can be found on the website of the IAG.