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4 Training Considerations for Manufacturing

Consider the following to maximize the return on your manufacturing training efforts

Training fundamentals transcend industry, but every industry does have its own unique considerations to take into account in order to develop effective e-learning solutions. When developing training for the manufacturing industry, you must consider that employees are often working on the floor, not in front of a computer in an office or cubicle. Here are some unique issues to take into account when developing training for manufacturing employees:

  1. Consistency and diligence.

Issue: There’s a significant amount of time that goes into training manufacturing employees, especially with the changing landscape of compliance. Workers must understand the basics, but they also need to be able to adapt to new procedures and technology

Solution: Be consistent and diligent about training your employees. Ensure that training is an on-going process and that learning is approached incrementally. Don’t let long periods of time go by without training them. You won’t have to worry about bringing them up to speed on the latest technologies if you offer frequent training. Train your employees and retain them by giving them opportunities to learn and grow.

  1. Bite size training.

Issue: Goals in manufacturing companies are focused on output. How can workers learn anything new when everyone is on the floor handling current operations and trying to meet deadlines?

Solution: Opt for short eLearning courses over longer ones. Try breaking down your training sessions into 15 – 20 minute increments. Test how effective your eLearning strategy is by picking a small sample of employees to train. Survey them to see how effective the training was for them and if the results are positive, use this as a basis to train the rest of the department.

  1. Make Room for Training.

Issue: Manufacturing workers often don’t have their own workspace to train.

Solution: Develop training spaces your workers. Create a training room for them with a few computers or set up wireless connections throughout the company and purchase a few tablets or laptops for them to train with during downtime.

  1. Mix Online with In-Hand.

Issue: One on one skills training is personnel intensive. How can I introduce my workers to e-learning?

Solution: Most of the education that takes place in the manufacturing industry is hands on, so this type of training definitely needs to be taken into consideration when training your workers. Videotape some of your one-on-one skills training sessions and incorporate this footage with other visuals and interactivity in your courses to get the best of both worlds.

Keeping these tips in mind when developing training for the manufacturing environment will help maximize the return on your training efforts. By placing an emphasis on training and being dedicated to helping your employees grow can result in more knowledgeable, productive and efficient employees in the future.

Ron Trilling
Author of Learning Lines | Founder and Partner, at Media Dynamics
Ron is a great source of information when it comes to eLearning. He has a background in instructional design and has worked with many companies to help develop their eLearning content and courses.
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