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7 tips for giving your workers the skills they need

Employee training should be an important part of any manufacturing operation, because you always want your workers to have all the skills they need to get the job done right. Of course, there are many ways to approach a training regimen that sets everyone under your roof up for all the success they need, but the question you may have is how best to implement them.

We have some suggestions that should help:

1) Commit to building your training efforts from the ground up

Often, training sessions come only as needed and can be based on years-old programs or needs, and it should not be that way, according to Convergence Training. When you are trying to get a better handle on these efforts, it's important to take a holistic look and entirely rebuild them for your situation as it stands today.

2) Assess your current needs

Training efforts should always be aligned with what you need your workers to be able to do today (and down the road), as Convergence Training stated. For that reason, you should always be looking to teach them the latest, greatest and most relevant skills.

3) Gain the ability to track the effectiveness of training efforts

If you don't take action to ensure you are monitoring key performance indicators around your training efforts, you'll never know how successful they are or what needs to be tweaked, Convergence Training further noted. As such, you should ensure your training is lined up with what you're tracking already, or find new ways to monitor efficiency.

4) Make coaching a part of the approach

Training is not a set-it-and-forget-it proposition, and manufacturing employees should be learning continuously on the job, according to The Balance Careers. To that end, making some of your most effective employees and managers into mentors or coaches for the workers who aren't picking up on new concepts quite as quickly can be a highly effective way of reinforcing your training efforts.

5) Ensure materials are available for easy reference

Another great way to ensure everyone is on the same page with their training is to ensure that the materials used in those sessions is always just a few clicks away, The Balance Careers added. That way, if they need clarification, they can access a simple, centralized source and pull up relevant documents.

6) Don't overload the workers with information

One classic mistake many organizations make when it comes to imparting new skills is to hold long training sessions and expect everyone to pick up on them immediately, according to eLearning Industry. Trainings should be kept short and sweet, with each session building on the lessons of the previous one. 

7) Train on a timeline that makes sense

Finally, you might need to get fresh skills or concepts into place for a new product rollout or to boost efficiency, and that means you should strategically plan so that everything is in place by that time, eLearning Industry advised. That way, your workers are always ready to tackle the next challenge as it arises.

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