Webinar Replay: Build an Effective Training Plan

Webinar Replay: Build an Effective Training Plan

There are many approaches you can use to deploy a training plan on Simutech Multimedia’s training system. On Thursday June 11, we hosted a webinar for Simutech administrators where we covered some of the best ways to design your training plan to ensure maximum effectiveness for both your learners and trainers.

Here are some key tips for doing that:

  • Make sure everyone is on the same page before you begin your training plan.
  • Create a training schedule that covers key milestones and expectations.
  • Monitor your team’s progress regularly to keep track of their performance over time.
  • Have a designated coach who has completed the training modules guide new learners when they get stuck.

We covered a lot more in the webinar, so be sure to watch the replay below to learn more.

If you would like to discuss creating a training plan, you can contact our customer success manager at support@simutechmultimedia.com

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3 Criteria to Measure Manufacturing Training Effectiveness

3 Criteria to Measure Manufacturing Training Effectiveness

Manufacturing training programs are an investment in your employees. It makes sense that you should have a way of measuring their effectiveness. By regularly evaluating your staff against key training performance indicators, you’ll have a better understanding of your company’s overall capacity to handle any security incidents.

The three criteria that you should pay particular attention to include safety, accuracy, and efficiency. These metrics are included in Simutech Multimedia’s reporting module, which also shows other useful information about each maintenance professional’s performance. In this post, we’ll explain why these three criteria are essential and offer some insight into how to interpret your results.

Lagging vs. leading indicators 

The best way to understand performance indicators is to look at them through the lens of lagging and leading indicators. A lagging indicator is a metric that tells you about what has already happened. For example, profitability is a lagging indicator because it indicates earnings and expenses in the past. It doesn’t necessarily imply the same results will happen again in the future — that’s what leading indicators measure.

A leading indicator looks at future outcomes and events. Manufacturing KPIs such as safety, accuracy, and efficiency are all leading indicators because they can be used to predict future outcomes based on each maintenance professional’s performance in the training program.

Manufacturing Training Effectiveness

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Safety

When it comes to assessing training performance, safety is one of the easiest metrics to understand. In Simutech Multimedia’s training system, this metric refers to your worker’s ability to follow the right safety producers. That means using lockout tagout (LOTO) and applying the 5-step process to troubleshoot electrical faults.

We recently wrote an article about the importance of LOTO, so be sure to read that to find out why it’s important. Although safety is a leading indicator, it will also have a noticeable impact on lagging indicators such as injury frequency and severity, lost workdays, and workers’ compensation costs. A reduction in any of these lagging indicators could indicate that your team is following electrical safety best practices.

Accuracy

Accuracy is another important metric to look at when measuring manufacturing training effectiveness because it can be used as a predictor for future performance. For example, let’s say you have two maintenance professionals who complete one of Simutech’s training modules. One gets an accuracy rating of 51%, and another receives a 33% rating after completing the training in the first attempt.

If they complete several modules and get similar scores, then you could assume that the second troubleshooter would be less accurate on average when dealing with electrical faults. Looking at this metric in the context of the troubleshooter’s safety rating will give you a better idea of whether they should be tasked with fixing electrical equipment in an emergency situation.

Efficiency

Efficiency can also be used as a metric to determine how quickly your maintenance staff can fix an electrical fault. Similar to safety, efficiency is a leading indicator that can be measured by its impact on lagging indicators such as mean time to repair (MTTR) and profitability. In other words, efficient staff will lead to a lower MTTR and higher profitability from reduced downtime costs.

The opposite is also true — a higher MTTR and increased downtime costs could indicate that your staff is inefficient in one or more areas of electrical troubleshooting. If this is the case, then implementing a training program is your best option for finding out your most efficient maintenance workers.

Use Simutech Multimedia’s 3D training system to measure manufacturing training effectiveness 

Simutech’s new 3D training system comes with all the reporting features you need to measure your manufacturing training effectiveness . If you would like to get a free demo, please contact us at sales@simutechmultimedia.com

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Simutech Multimedia’s Scoreboard Feature

Simutech Multimedia’s Scoreboard Feature

Simutech Multimedia’s new 3D training system borrows several gamification concepts to make learning more engaging for users. One of them is Simutech Multimedia’s scoreboard feature, where users can track their progress in real-time to get a detailed assessment of their performance as they complete different faults.

The new scoreboard also connects to the reporting module, which admins can then use to see how well users are doing. If you would like to learn more about how this works, be sure to read our previous blog post on the reporting module. For this post, our focus will be on the scoreboard and explaining how it can benefit your training program.

Importance of gamification in learning

Over the years studies have shown that gamification is one of the most effective ways to deliver training in any context. It enables learners to learn information faster, and with greater depth than passive learning methods like presentations or training manuals. When gamified elements are added to training, motivation also climbs up to 83%, and boredom drops to just 10%.

Gamification even affects how learners relate to others in the workplace. In a 2018 study, 81% of people mentioned that gamification provided a sense of belonging and purpose in the workplace.

The same study was conducted in 2019, and the numbers were just as high. This time around 87% of learners said that gamification was beneficial to their sense of purpose in the workplace.

Why scoreboards work

Clearly, gamification is an essential part of delivering effective training in the workplace. And that’s why scoreboards work. They give users a sense of progression, which motivates them to continue practicing and improving on their past performance.

It’s the same reason you might play a video game repeatedly until you beat your high score. By giving learners instant feedback on their performance, they’ll be more likely to stay engaged.

Simutech Multimedia’s scoreboard feature

When we created our scoreboard feature, we wanted to create something that would be easy to understand for both the learner and administrators. We identified a few key metrics that could be used to get an overall picture of each learner’s strengths and weaknesses and included them in the scoreboard. Let’s take a look at each one in more detail.

Score

The score shows the total number of points earned in the training module. A high score indicates that the learner knows how to solve a wide range of electrical faults.

Achievements

Indicates achievements earned. These are based on the level of difficulty, the number of faults completed, and the score. There are five key achievements that users can unlock: basic, intermediate, advanced, genius, and master. You can use them to identify the best troubleshooters in your team quickly.

Faults attempted, faults solved, and percentage solved

The faults attempted value shows the number of fault attempts in the training module. A fault is started once the user clicks begin on the work order. But that only tells you one part of the story. To find out a learner’s effectiveness, you’ll need to look at the ratio of the faults attempted to faults solved to get the percentage of faults solved correctly.

These two values (faults solved and percentage solved) are included in the scoreboard — a higher rate of solved faults indicates that the learner fixed the majority of issues listed in the work order.

Safety, Accuracy, Efficiency and Skill Rating

In the scoreboard, you’ll also find three boxes showing the learner’s average safety score, accuracy, and efficiency as a percentage. These three values can help you get a more detailed understanding of each learner’s performance.

In the screenshot above, this learner got a score of 44%, 49%, and 29% on safety, accuracy, and efficiency. So while they’re relatively good at solving faults safely and accurately, they are not very efficient, which means that they could end up costing your organization more money than necessary during time-critical downtime events. In addition, looking at the skill rating value can also let you know the learner’s average score per fault.

Try the scoreboard

You can try out the new scoreboard by upgrading to the new 3D training system. For information, contact us at sales@simutechmultimedia.com.

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How to Build an Effective Training Plan

How to Build an Effective Training Plan

Training plans are an essential part of any manufacturing environment. They prevent accidents from happening, reduce training costs, and ensure that your company remains compliant to a variety of regulations. Without a training plan, you not only put your employees at risk of injury but you also increase the likelihood of employee turnover, which can negatively impact your profitability in the long run.

So how do you go about creating a training plan that all benefits all your employees? You’ll find the answer to that question in this post. We’ll cover some of the steps you can take to build an effective training plan and also look at how you can use Simutech Multimedia’s training platform to maximize your return on training investment.

Elements of a training plan

Creating a training plan involves a lot more than creating a training manual and sharing it with everyone in your team. It’s an ongoing process that requires continuous input from your company’s management and employees. You’ll need to collect data to see how workers progress through your program, then determine what needs to be changed to improve learning outcomes.

The topic of creating a training plan is way beyond the scope of a single blog post, but there are a few key steps you should consider when creating a training plan for your company. Let’s explore some of them below.

Training Needs Assessment

The first step to creating an effective training plan is to perform a training needs assessment. The goal of this assessment is to identify the problems that you intend to solve with your training program. For example, the need to create a training program may arise from the addition of new manufacturing equipment or a decrease in efficiency from your workers.

Developing a training needs assessment typically involves the following steps:

  • Identifying business goals that your training supports
  • Listing the tasks your team needs to perform reach your goals
  • Identifying the learning characteristics needed to make the training more effective

After you’ve created a formal needs assessment document, you’ll be able to move on to the next step, which involves setting your learning goals.

Learning goals

Your learning goals reflect the key milestones you intend on achieving from your training program. What do you want your learners to be able to do after they complete their training? Is it troubleshooting faster, following safety standards, or something else?

In addition to setting goals, you’ll want to make sure you have a means of measuring everyone’s performance against your benchmarks. Some KPIs you could consider include training accuracy, safety rate, and efficiency. These metrics are all included in our training system, so you can easily see who’s doing well and who needs additional training.

Training delivery method

Besides creating your learning goals, you’ll also need to identify the training materials required for your training program. You could go the traditional route, using in-person training, powerpoint presentations and manuals, but those methods aren’t as effective as something like simulation training.

With simulation training, your staff will be able to learn everything they need to troubleshoot electrical equipment safely in an immersive 3D environment. The best part is that you don’t need any special equipment or additional floor space to deliver the training. All you need is a browser and a laptop.

Implementation plan

Once you’ve decided on your training delivery method, you should start implementing your training plan and collecting data about your users. For the best results, you should encourage your manufacturing staff to go through the training material on a regular schedule to increase knowledge retention.

Through Simutech Multimedia’s reporting module, you’ll be able to get a high-level view of how effective your staff is at solving a wide range of problems. From these results, you’ll be able to figure out what changes need to be  made to your training program moving forward.

training plan

Learn more about implementing a training plan

If you’re currently an admin using Simutech’s training system, we have an upcoming webinar where we’ll discuss setting up an effective training plan. Be sure to join Warren Rhude, Simutech Founder, on this Administrators only webinar to learn about:

  •     Recommended Learning Paths
  •     All pieces to integrate an Annual Learning Plan
  •     Main outcomes of each module
  •     Estimated time per level

And more!

Join us next Thursday, June 11th, 2020 @ 2pm EST / 11am PST

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Simutech Multimedia hires new VP of Engineering

Simutech Multimedia hires new VP of Engineering

On June 5, 2020, we officially announced Francois Painchaud as the new VP of Engineering for Simutech Multimedia’s growing development team. A seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience, Francois brings expertise in design, development and deployment of diverse simulations and serious games in manufacturing, health care, education, and media production. He will play an important role in developing our new 3D training system.

Painchaud holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from ESG UQAM, a Graduate Certificate in Computer Graphics, and a Bachelor’s in Math and Computer Science from Université de Sherbrooke.

For more information, view the full story here.

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