In just a few days, Canada’s biggest platform for the manufacturing industry is set to take place. The Canadian Manufacturing Technology show is scheduled to start on September 30, showcasing the latest advancements in automotive, aerospace, machinery, metalwork, and of course, manufacturing training. In anticipation of the event, we wanted to share a sample of what to expect from our session on October 2: Digitally Developing the Next Generation of Manufacturers with Gamification and 3D Simulation.

The economy is in great shape and is on track to add 700,000 jobs by 2025. At the same time, technology is experiencing another seismic shift, with the introduction of IoT and smart devices. On the other hand, baby boomers (the population born between 1946 and 1964) are retiring. This is problematic, as baby boomers also make up the largest population in the manufacturing industry. When they retire, fewer boomers will be able to pass on the skills they learned to the newly graduating Gen Z (born between 1995 and 2014). The result: a double-generation skills gap.

Furthermore, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs will be left vacant by 2025, hindering the increasing demand of manufacturers. For every three months a position goes unfilled, a company can lose an average of $14,000. If manufacturers want to take advantage of the upcoming boom, they must tap into the potential of Gen Z. The individuals that fall under this new generation grew up using computers and mobile devices; they never knew a world without the Internet.

Instead of hiring a Gen Zer, hoping they will meet your criteria, training candidates may be the more realistic and beneficial route. Not only does it develop more autonomous and confident employees, but it also improves career growth and technical skills. The question then becomes- what is the most effective way to train the incoming generation?

Enter simulation training. Simulations have been used to train pilots, military, nurses, and more recently, maintenance workers. They have numerous benefits, from providing a safe learning environment to creating a more immersive and engaging experience. Instead of sending your employees to the factory floor for manufacturing training, which would be a waste of other workers’ time and potentially cause a hazard, simulations can be used to create a safer, more time-efficient learning environment. By giving workers merits, such as online badges or certifications for completing specific manufacturing training, manufacturers can also create a sense of achievement, and open doors for a more compelling education.

We are only scratching the surface with this topic. If you’re curious to learn more, we highly recommend you register for the conference, Digitally Developing the Next Generation of Manufacturers with Gamification and 3D Simulation, hosted by Samer Forzley, Simutech Multimedia CEO. You won’t want to miss it.

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