Skills for Effective Training

For trainers, facilitators, and instructors in the energy industry

Trainers and instructors must have practical facilitation skills to effectively teach adult learners. The one-day class creates a foundation for new and existing trainers to build upon. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of the types of training, adult learning styles, and engaging trainees.

In-person and online

Take your experience from the field to the classroom.


Webinar recordings of two 1.5-hour units, “The Science Behind Adult Learning” and “Encouraging Trainee Engagement”, are available on-demand for purchase.

Why do you need this training?

Utilities across the country are prioritizing the transfer of knowledge from longtime field employees with specific expertise to new and existing crew members who are lacking on-the-job experience. MEA created Skills for Effective Training to help natural gas and electric distribution field experts become trainers, even though training others in a classroom or on-the-job wasn’t their original trade.

New trainers, field leaders, classroom and technical trainers, and trainers who need a refresher are perfect for Skills for Effective Training. The class is designed for 12-25 participants and includes utility specific examples and interactive exercises.

Available units/course content

  • Training Basics

    • Simple ideas to establish credibility at the start of a training
    • Different ways to manage and connect with your trainees
    • An overview of trainee needs, and what you can do to meet those needs

  • The Science Behind Adult Learning

    • An overview of the ADDIE training model
    • A self-assessment of learning styles
    • Details about andragogy and its difference from pedagogy

  • Training People Different Than You

    • A model for coaching learners
    • A look into the different motivations for the trainer and the learner
    • Best practices for reaching diverse learners

  • Learner Focused vs Trainer Focused

    • A list of learner issues and what you can do to combat them
    • An explanation of Three-Way Communication
    • An overview of how coaching and training work together

  • Encouraging Participant Engagement

    • An understanding of the difference between presenting and facilitating
    • Ideas for applying effective adult learning practices
    • Opportunity to practice techniques to improve your facilitation


Training can be configured to meet specifics needs, such as adjusting and condensing sessions, incorporating company-specific procedural messages, or placing greater focus on selected lessons or sections. Custom content creation is also available. Additional fees may apply.


Facilitators of MEA Skills for Effective Training have decades of field and leadership experience in the utility industry. MEA also offers train-the-trainer certification for your staff to learn the Skills for Effective Training curriculum to deliver at your company.

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For more information on class objectives, topics covered, and fees, contact Stacey Bonine at (651) 289-9600 x114 or Chad Shannon at (651) 289-9600 x112.

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