If you want to help your manufacturing staff develop new skills and acquire new knowledge, you need to have a manufacturing training program. An effective training program not only enables you to save time with training, but it also leads to a measurable impact on your manufacturing plant’s safety, revenue, and profitability.
The good news is that the entire process of creating a training program can be broken down into simple three simple steps. Before you know it, your employees will have better skills and so will your manufacturing trainers — so be sure to put this information into action at your manufacturing facility.
Step 1. Determine objectives
The first step towards creating a training program is to perform an analysis to determine your training needs. Start by looking at your company’s goals to help you decide on which training programs you need to implement. By aligning your training program with overall company goals, your workforce will be able to meet your objectives while benefiting from increased skills and knowledge.
You can also look at job requirements for open positions and use that as a basis for your training program. For example, when hiring maintenance staff, you can develop a training program that specifically addresses troubleshooting skills related to working with PLCs or control circuits.
Looking at government regulations, HR requirements, and other legal obligations can also help figure out what needs to be added to your training program. Currently, a lot of manufacturers have to readjust their training programs to adapt to remote working. So if you anticipate that your manufacturing staff will be working from home, then now is a good time to refresh your training program.
Step 2 Create a training action plan
Once you’ve determined the objectives of your training program, the next step is to start putting your plan into action. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the best training methods for achieving my objectives?
- What knowledge does my team need to have before they can complete the training program?
- What kinds of activities can I incorporate into the training program to help learners accomplish each objective?
Consider the level of learning and learning styles needed to deliver your training material effectively. You can always launch a pilot training program to collect feedback from users and see what areas you need to improve.
Using a training simulation system like Simutech Multimedia can also make managing your training programs a lot easier. You can use our platform to test your manufacturing staff on several electrical troubleshooting skills they’ll be using on the job. Plus, you’ll also be able to track their performance in real-time.
Step 3 Implement and measure
The last step is where your training action plan and objectives come to life. During this stage of your training program’s development, you should schedule the training activities and resources needed to deliver your training program.
When your training program is officially launched, announce it to your staff so you can start collecting data on their progress. Based on their performance, you’ll be able to accurately tell whether your training program is effective or if changes need to be made.
For more information about how Simutech Multimedia can help you deliver a better training program, contact us today.