Why INE: The Power of Hands-On Training in Networking and Cybersecurity
In the rapidly evolving fields of Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS), theoretical knowledge alone is no longer sufficient. The ability to apply that knowledge effectively in real-world scenarios has become paramount. Hands-on, practical training is pivotal in bridging the gap between theory and practice, equipping IT and IS professionals with the skills they need to succeed.
Learning by Doing
A 2019 Brookings Institute study found that people in technical fields investing in traditional educational programs were less productive than those receiving hands-on training in internship positions. The simple truth for most people is that learning in a course doesn’t really click until you put it to use.
While academic education often focuses on theory and foundational concepts, the IT and IS industry demands professionals who possess practical skills. Hands-on training allows individuals to actively engage with the subject matter. Instead of passively absorbing information, learners are immersed in practical exercises, simulations, and real-world scenarios. This active learning approach fosters a deeper understanding of concepts and enhances knowledge retention.
At INE, we prioritize hands-on training through our integrated labs in each of our learning experiences. While many learning providers will offer quick practice segments, we go above and beyond by providing fully immersive labs that simulate real-world scenarios. Our hands-on training allows learners to experience real-world situations within a safe and controlled environment. Simulations and practical exercises replicate authentic daily scenarios that IT and IS professionals encounter. Enabling learners to develop the confidence and competence necessary to handle workplace challenges effectively.
At a Glance: Hands-On Training Stats
According to a study by the American Society for Training and Development, hands-on training results in 76% retention rates, compared to a 16% retention rate for theoretical training.
Nearly 2 in 3 employees (64%) prefer a simulation learning format, according to SHRM’s State of the Workplace Learning and Development Executive Summary 2022.
The same SHRM report states that 25% of L&D departments report poor retention as a reason why training fails for employees.
In the dynamic world of IT and IS, hands-on, practical training is essential for personal and professional growth. It enables individuals to bridge the gap between theory and practice, equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in their careers. Hands-on training empowers IT and IS professionals to excel in their roles and contribute meaningfully to organizational success by fostering applied knowledge, problem-solving abilities, collaboration, and career readiness.