Some newspapers published articles about the fact that Bricklayers in London were now earning the equivalent of £1,000 a week due to the shortage of experienced craftsmen. This equates to around £25 an hour, so if a person has to go off-site to attend a training courses, they will cost at least £100 in wages, part of the costs of a trainer and will lose 4 hours of production. E-Learning courses last about 45 minutes and can be done as and when it is convenient. So after paying for the on-line course, there would be a saving of at least £80 and 3 hours of down-time. In addition, doing an on-line course means that the person is actually having to look and listen to what is going on (as opposed to sitting in the back row of a classroom, texting on their telephone!) and then answer questions that will test their knowledge (which doesn’t normally happen on most training courses). This was an employer will know the depth of that person’s learning – which they will not do after a classroom course.
So there is no question that e-learning has both an economic and educational advantage over classroom courses.