Updated: Mar 25
Employee training, which is important for companies of all sizes and from most every industry is of particular importance to manufacturing companies.
Some of the reasons for this include:
Manufacturing processes involve the use of heavy machinery and hazardous materials. Employee training can help to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace by teaching employees how to operate machinery safely and how to handle hazardous materials.
Employee training can improve productivity by teaching employees how to use machinery and equipment more efficiently, how to identify and solve problems, and how to work effectively in teams.
Employee training can help to ensure that products meet the company's standards for quality. This includes training employees on how to identify defects, how to perform inspections, and how to use testing equipment.
Training employees in lean manufacturing techniques can help to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This includes teaching employees how to identify and eliminate unnecessary steps in the manufacturing process.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
By improving quality and reducing waste, employee training can help to improve customer satisfaction. This can lead to increased sales and revenue for the company.
Better Employee Retention
Offering training and development opportunities can help to improve employee retention by providing employees with opportunities to learn new skills and advance in their careers.
Compliance with Regulations
Employee training can help manufacturing companies to comply with regulations related to safety, quality, and the environment. This can help to avoid fines and other legal issues.
Training Strategies for Manufacturing Companies
Over the past several years, the availability of powerful new SaaS-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote and hybrid employees has shifted the employee training strategies for many organizations.
Given these developments, some of most effective training strategies in use by manufacturing companies include the following:
Develop a comprehensive training plan: A comprehensive training plan should outline the goals of the training, the specific topics that will be covered, and the methods that will be used to deliver the training. The plan should be tailored to the specific needs of the company and its employees.
Use a mix of training methods: Different employees have different learning styles, so it's important to use a variety of training methods, such as classroom training, hands-on training, eLearning, and on-the-job training.
Incorporate technology: Manufacturing companies can use technology to deliver training in a more efficient and effective manner. For example, they can use virtual reality to simulate real-world scenarios and help employees to develop skills in a safe environment.
Offer ongoing training: Training should not be a one-time event. It's important to offer ongoing training to keep employees up-to-date on the latest industry trends, technologies, and best practices.
Provide opportunities for practice: Hands-on training and on-the-job training can provide employees with opportunities to practice their skills in a real-world environment. This can help to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom.
Use performance metrics: Performance metrics can help to track the effectiveness of training and identify areas for improvement. For example, manufacturing companies can track employee productivity and quality after training to see if there has been an improvement.
Provide feedback: Feedback is an essential part of the learning process. Manufacturing companies should provide employees with feedback on their performance during training and on the job to help them improve their skills.
Encourage collaboration: Collaboration can help employees to learn from each other and develop new ideas. Manufacturing companies can encourage collaboration by creating opportunities for employees to work together on projects or participate in group discussions.
Ten of the Most Critical Training Topics for Manufacturing Employees
While employee training needs tend to vary among different manufacturing companies, here are ten of the most common and critical topics:
This should include information on how to operate machinery and equipment safely, how to handle hazardous materials, and how to prevent accidents in the workplace.
Employees should be trained on how to ensure that the products being manufactured meet the company's standards for quality. This may include instruction on how to use testing equipment, how to perform inspections, and how to identify defects.
This training focuses on streamlining processes to reduce waste and increase efficiency. Employees should be taught how to identify areas for improvement and how to implement changes that will improve productivity.
This training focuses on encouraging employees to identify problems and find solutions to improve processes, products, and services. This includes learning how to use data to identify areas for improvement and how to implement changes that will result in better outcomes.
Depending on the specific job roles, employees may need training in areas such as programming, equipment maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Leadership and Management Skills
For employees who are in supervisory or management roles, training in leadership and management skills can help them to better manage their teams and improve productivity.
Effective communication is critical in any workplace. Employees should be trained on how to communicate effectively with coworkers, managers, and customers.
In a diverse workplace, employees need to be able to work effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Training in cultural competency can help employees to better understand and appreciate differences, and to work together more effectively.
As manufacturing becomes increasingly digital, cybersecurity is becoming a critical concern. Employees should be trained on how to identify and prevent cyber attacks, and how to protect sensitive information.
As concerns about climate change grow, manufacturing companies are under pressure to reduce their environmental impact. Training employees on ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, and use sustainable materials can help companies meet their sustainability goals.
About LMS Portals
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences. We work with manufacturing companies to provide a cost-effective LMS to support their unique training needs.
We offer a complete library of ready-made corporate training courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.
Our platform includes an embedded course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily. So you can build your own courses, utilize our off-the-shelf library, or some combination of the two.
If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program.
The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.