The history of Jacobshill

Having worked in heavy industry for over thirty years it was becoming harder to find specific training that yielded results. Over time when monitoring personnel returning from training schools gaps and deficiencies could be easily identified, and over time it became evident a new approach was required.

Utilising the collective time in heavy industry a new style of training was developed. The training takes the current format then delves into the deficiencies to structure an enhanced learning experience. The new format has been tried and tested over years in heavy industry ensuring the format is both successful and sustainable. The sessions have then been enhanced further over the last few years for perfection. The result being the industry developed and unique Engineered Learning Solutions (ELS).

Developing training requires a training needs analysis be conducted, a set of standards are required to develop training and a target audience to deliver the training. Taking things to the next level ‘Engineered Learning Solutions’ (ELS) utilize the base training development as a platform to go further and create a solution. Making use of additional information and learnings from the following core elements;

  • The four behavioural incident categories (Fig 1.) When you have an understanding of these four categories all incidents are preventable.
  • Over 3 decades of monitoring work teams in a work environment
  • Over 3 decades understanding why personnel fail to learn when trained
  • Utilising the root cause analysis from incident investigations

The core elements of an Engineered Learning Solution develop a skill set that is transferable into the workplace in a sustainable manner. The design of an ELS creates a greater understanding of the role and knowledge attendees have gained and how this fits in their working role.

Fig 1. The Four Behavioral Incident Categories

When you have an understanding of these four categories all incidents are preventable

Historically, feedback is harvested at the end of a session, the negative being it is subjective from individuals who are often eager to get a certificate and get on their way. Any training provider would pay handsomely to be at the work site when trainees return. They would then be in a position to analyse the interaction with the data or skill provided and how this is applied in the working environment, identifying any flaws, gaps or areas for improvement providing an understanding as to what is required to re-structure the training to meet the gaps.

For over a quarter of a century the team behind Jacobshill have been fortunate to be in a position to monitor personnel return from training sessions utilizing the new skills in the working environment. When monitoring personnel returning from sessions it becomes easy over time to identify the missed opportunities and gaps not covered. Having been in this unique position has provided Jacobshill the platform for identifying training needs analysis that yields results.

Training is developed with a goal then engineered for results. Each and every learning session is designed with five core elements to ensure the learning is achieved. Once the learning has taken place we start putting in place the building blocks for the development of an individual’s knowledge, their leadership skills, building confidence in areas we have continually identified as requiring development. The greater an individual’s strength and knowledge the more they understand their role, the greater their skills can be utilised.

Jacobshill integrates five core elements into all training
  • Activity Planning(A detailed plan allows easier identification of hazards and implementation of controls)
  • Presentation skills (Attendees should be able to confidently relay information from sessions they attend)
  • Leadership (Understanding the role of enabling teams to perform at an optimum level)
  • Ownership (ensuring students understand their responsibility with the training they have completed)
  • Feedback (ensuring students know how to provide and request, prompting discussion within the team)

Exposure to these core elements during learning sessions helps form the foundation for knowledge sustainability in the workplace, the backbone of an efficient workforce.


360 Dropped Object Prevention

i-Prevent Dropped Objects

Engineered Learning Solution – Designed to provide attendees with the skills to identify and safely recover potential dropped objects.


Engineered Learning Solution – Designed to provide attendees with the skills to conduct rigging and slinging in a modern work environment.

i – Operate Forklift Truck

Engineered Learning Solution – Designed to provide attendees with the knowledge skills to operate a forklift truck in an efficient manner.