In today’s economy, effective manufacturing training is a necessity. If you’re not training your workers to do their jobs properly, you’re pouring money down the drain and losing your competitive advantage.
To help you out, we’ve created a free Manufacturing Training Guide you can download. It’s right at the bottom of this article.
We’ve also got the bird’s-eye view of this in a recorded, on-demand webinar for you.
Or, if you want even more detail, check out our extensive article with tips for better manufacturing training programs.
Of course, you may also want to check out our collection of online manufacturing training courses as well as our learning management system (LMS) for manufacturing training administration.
Five Steps to Effective Manufacturing Training
The guide will walk you though a step-by-step process in which you:
1. Identify business goals the training supports and KPIs to measure effectiveness of the training
Make sure your training is going to move an important business needle and that you can later prove that.
This is the best place to start your training design process. NEVER start a training program without knowing what business goal it supports and how to measure progress toward completion of that goal.
Remember, we create and deliver training for a reason. And that reason should always be to help the organization achieve a business goal.
Read more about identifying your business goals for training here.
2. Analyze your manufacturing training needs
Learn more about the skill gap (by conducting a training needs analysis) and the workers (by conducting a learner analysis) so you can design and develop the best training possible.
You can’t create effective training without doing this first. Be sure to do your homework and get these important answers before you rush into creating new manufacturing training materials.
Read more about identifying skill gaps here.
3. Create learning objectives and assessments for your training
Learning objectives are the road map for your training. Get those right and everything else, including the assessments for workers, will fall into place more readily.
Developing training materials without learning objectives is like building a two-legged stool. Or like taking a walk while having no idea where you’re going.
The basic idea of a learning objective is to determine what employees must be able to do after training is over in order to help your company reach the business goals identified in step 1, above. The learning objective is what you want employees to be able to do when training is over. You then create training to help employees learn to complete those objectives and assessments (tests, skill demonstrations, etc.) to confirm they can complete those objectives.
Read more about designing and creating assessments for training materials here.
4. Create the manufacturing training materials
Now’s the time to take what you’ve already done and use it to create your training materials.
We’ll give you all the best practices here, including active learning and adult learning principles.
You’ll want to remember to use a variety of different training delivery methods (media), including instructor-led training, field-based training, eLearning, video-based training, written materials, and more. Read more about blended learning for manufacturing training here.
You might also want to consider partnering with an established training provider for off-the-shelf online manufacturing training.
5. Evaluate and revise your manufacturing training materials
Once workers have completed the training, you’ll want to evaluate the training to see if it’s been effective. If not, revise the training as part of a continuous improvement process.
You’re probably familiar with continuous improvement cycles in other parts of your work already. Why not take advantage of the same process for your training programs, too? You want to make sure your training is effective and always make it better.
Read more about evaluating the effectiveness of training materials here.
Conclusion: Manufacturing Training that Works
Follow the five steps above, which we’ve explained in much more detail in the free manufacturing training guide below, and you’ll be well on your way to more effective manufacturing training at your workplace.
For even more information, check our blog for additional tips on effective manufacturing training.
Finally, don’t forget to download the free guide to manufacturing training that works.
Manufacturing Training from Scratch: A Guide
Create a more effective manufacturing training program by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.