Research shows that Gen Z will make up about three-quarters of the workforce by 2025. Born between the 1990s to mid-2000s, they are the first generation to grow up in an entirely digital world where social media, texting, Youtube, and apps are the norm. 

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Gen Z and give you tips on how to develop an effective manufacturing training program that enables them to thrive in the workplace.

Gen Z Core Values

It’s easy to think of Gen Z as “younger millennials,” but they are unlike any generation that has come before. For one, they’ve never known a world where the internet didn’t exist. 

They grew up using the internet as a tool for socializing, learning, and working. And as a result, prefer jobs where they get to use as much technology as possible. 

A study by Deloitte also discovered the following facts about Gen Z:

  • Career Development: Gen Z is loyal to companies that offer the safety of stable employment as well as diverse and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Working Styles: Gen Z has a preference for independence, even when working on team-based activities.
  • Core Value: Gen Z prioritize financial security over “personal fulfillment.”
  • Behavior & Character: Gen Z’s attachment to social media has real implications on how they interact and want to be perceived.

What all this means for manufacturers is that many of the old ways of doing things won’t work when it comes to training Gen Z. Studies show that by 2028 the current manufacturing skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled, with a potential economic impact of 2.5 trillion. The only way manufacturers can close this gap is by developing innovative ways to train the next generation of manufacturing talent.

Engage Gen Z using simulation training

Adopting a training program centered around mixed media and visually-stimulating content is the first step to training Gen Z workers. Remember, this generation grew up with the internet, spending most of their time on social media, video games, and learning through a variety of media types. 

As a result, your training program needs to reflect what’s innate to them. One of the most effective training methods is to use simulation training. Here are a few reasons why simulations are an excellent solution for manufacturers:

  • Immersion: Simulation training allows students to learn by doing in an immersive, safe environment. They can practice a wide range of manufacturing and troubleshooting skills without the risk of injury.  
  • Real-time feedback: With simulation training, Gen Z workers can get real-time feedback into their performance. They can quickly see what areas need to be improved, which leads to increased job performance.  
  • Gamification:  Simulations borrow a lot of concepts from gaming, such as 3D environments, scoreboards, and increasing difficulty. All of this increases knowledge retention while delivering a fun learning experience.  

If you’re interested in learning how simulation training can help you train the next generation of workers, be sure to contact us for more information on Simutech Multimedia’s training platform.

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