How to Develop an Effective Paper Manufacturing Training Program

succesful-paper-trainingWe work closely with customers in the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated industries. In fact, that’s where we started–partnering with a local paper mill to create a learning management system (LMS) to deliver training online and track its completion. From there, we quickly began creating e-learning courses for the same industries, covering papermaking processes, EHS topics, and more.

That’s why we thought it would be nice to create a handy guide for companies in the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated industries who want to fine-tune their training programs. The guide below presents a step-by-step approach to creating and/or improving your training program at work. Hopefully you’ll find it helfpul. Let us know if you have some thoughts in the comments below.

Also, feel free to check out our training solutions for these industries, including:



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Online MSHA Part 46 Training Compliance: The Ultimate Guide

msha-online-compliance2A lot of people wonder how they might be able to use online  tools and courses for MSHA Part 46 training. Or, they wonder if they CAN use online learning as one part within their Part 46 training.

Those are questions we’re going to answer in this article. Even better, we’re going to provide a free downloadable guide at the end of this article that you goes into a ton of detail about how you can use online training as part of your MSHA Part 46 solution.

If you’re not familiar with MSHA Part 46, or if you need a refresher, here’s a helpful What is MSHA Part 46? article.

Otherwise, continue on to learn more about online MSHA Part 46 training.

Convergence Training is a training company that provides training solutions, including LMSs and e-learning courses, for mine safety, other safety and health topics, and much more. Check out our web page or contact us with questions or to set up a demo.



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Effective Manufacturing Training: Free Manufacturing Training Guide


In today’s economy, effective manufacturing training is a necessity. If you’re not training your workers to do their jobs properly, you’re pouring money down the drain and losing your competitive advantage.

To help you out, we’ve created a free Manufacturing Training Guide you can download. It’s right at the bottom of this article.

The guide will walk you though a step-by-step process in which you:

  1. Identify business goals the training supports and KPIs to measure effectiveness of training
  2. Analyze your training needs
  3. Create learning objectives and assessments
  4. Create training materials
  5. Evaluate and revise training materials

Follow the steps in this guide will help move your training program in the right direction.


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What is a Kaizen Event?

kaizen-eventA kaizen event is one arrow in the lean manufacturing “quiver.” Or one tool in the lean toolbox–pick your favorite metaphor.

But just what is a kaizen event? This article will spell it out for you: we’ve got the goods in the sections immediately below.

If you’re just getting into lean, you may be happy to know that this is part of a series of articles we’ve written on basic lean topics. Here are some others:

And we’ll be adding more from time to time in the future. Hope you enjoy our look at lean topics. But now, to business–let’s learn about kaizen events.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider, largely to manufacturing and industrial customers. We provide a series of learning management systems (LMSs) for assigning, deliver, and tracking training; many different e-learning course libraries geared to industrial and manufacturing customers; custom training solutions; mobile device apps for performance support on the floor; and more. Check out our website, give us a call at 1-800-619-2280, or click this link to contact us to set up a demonstration and get your questions answered.


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Task Analysis for Job Training

checklistIn an earlier post, we mentioned the importance of creating (1) a list of the job roles at your site and (2) a list of the job tasks that people in each of those job roles have to be able to do to perform their job.

In this post, we’re going to start with that list of tasks, and we’ll show you how to perform a task analysis for each task on the list. The idea is that you’ll “break down” each task into the smaller steps or sub-tasks that a person would have to perform to finish the task.

The point in doing this is that once you’ve identified the steps or sub-tasks that make up a task, you’ll know what you need to teach employees who will have to perform the task properly on the job.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a series of learning management systems (LMSs), many different libraries of e-learning courses, custom training solutions, apps for mobile devices to support workers in the work area, and more. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.


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Business Goals, KPIs, and Job Training

Job training shouldn’t be designed or delivered in a vacuum. And you probably know that.

We’ve written a LOT about how training should be delivered with the learners in mind (the employees, that is). And that’s definitely true and important.

But in this article, we’re going to look at training from a different angle: the connection between training and the business itself–in particular, the goals of a business. And we’ll do that by looking at business goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and job training.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a series of learning management systems (LMSs), many different libraries of e-learning courses, custom training solutions, apps for mobile devices to support workers in the work area, and more. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.



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Identifying Job Roles & Job Tasks for Training

ROLES-AND-TASKSBecause we got our start in training workers at paper manufacturing facilities, and because that’s still a core part of our customer base (even if we’ve expanded quite a bit beyond that), we’ve been writing some blog posts recently specifically geared toward training at paper manufacturing facilities.

If you’re not a paper manufacturer, it’s OK–what you’ll read below is true for any job training. So don’t let that introduction scare you away.

What we’re going to cover below are a few things to make sure your training is doing what it’s supposed to do–preparing workers to do what they have to do on the job.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that makes a large number of e-learning courses, offers a number of learning management systems (LMSs) for delivering/tracking/reporting on training, and offers custom training solutions as well. 

We began in the paper industry and that’s still a core strength of ours. To that end, we have the world’s best libraries of paper, pulp, tissue, and corrugated e-learning courses, and our learning management systems (LMSs) were created for papermakers and in cooperation with the largest papermaking companies in America. 

Contact us today to learn more or to set up a demo.



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How to Make Safety Training More Fun and Engaging: Tips from Safety Managers

how to make safety training more funRecently, we posted a simple question into a number of LinkedIn groups that deal with safety and/or EHS: “What do you do to make your safety training more fun and engaging for your employees?

A large number of safety professionals chimed in, and we’ve collected their replies in this article. It’s interesting to read the replies and to see how many of them work along similar themes.

So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make safety training more fun and engaging, with stories and tips from real-life safety managers and trainers.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with an extensive library of health and safety e-learning courses plus many other e-learning course libraries. In addition, we offer a series of learning management systems (LMSs) that are appropriate for companies of different sizes and in different industries. Finally, we also make custom training solutions specifically designed for your employees’ training needs. Check out our website or contact us to ask some questions and set up a demo.

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Online Courses for the MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Program

online-courses-for-MSHA-46Many customers come to us wondering if and how they can use online courses for the MSHA Part 46 training programs. In this article, we’re going to address those questions and then take a closer look at how to do it with one of the Part 46 training programs–New Miner. The same ideas, though, apply to the other training programs, such as Newly Hired Experienced Miner, New Tasks(s), Annual Refresher, and Site-Specific Hazard.

Before we begin, here are a few related articles that may help set the scene in case you’re new to MSHA or Part 46:

Now let’s take a look at a few key questions that are covered in more detail in those articles above.

The first is, “Is it OK to use online courses for MSHA Part 46 compliance?” That question is easy to answer: yes. 46.4(d) makes that clear:

Training methods may consist of classroom instruction, instruction at the mine, interactive computer-based instruction or other innovative training methods, alternative training technologies, or any combination of training methods.

The second question, and a reasonable one, is “Does that mean I’d use ONLY online courses for MSHA Part 46 compliance?” And the answer to that is, no. You’d use the online courses as part of your training solution along with all the other types of training you are probably already providing–instructor-led, task-based, OJT/in-the-field, safety meetings, offsite training sessions, videos, and so on. This is called a blended learning solution–read more about blended learning here.

And a third question you might ask is “Would I use off-the-shelf online courses, have custom courses made for me, or make my own e-learning courses?” And the answer to this one is, you could do any or all of that. There are many nice off-the-shelf e-learning mining safety courses that you can use in a “plug-and-play” manner for Part 46. Primarily, these are going to cover introductory and/or general materials–things like explaining what highwalls and berms are or explaining the rights and legal responsibilities of miners. In addition, you could have an e-learning producer work with you to create custom e-learning courses for your site. Or, you could buy an inexpensive software program called an e-learning authoring tool and make your own (we’ve provided instructions about how to do that here). In this article, we’ll keep in mind that you have all three options for e-learning, but the examples we’ll preview and/or link to will be off-the-shelf mine safety courses.


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Steps of Creating Training–Tips from Cognitive Psychology (and Foshay, Silber, and Stelnicki)

cognitionProbably the most famous “steps of training” guidance is the one created by the instructional theorist Robert Gagne. Gagne’s ideas are justly well-regarded and we’ve already written an article about Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction. So feel free to click that link you just passed up if you’re curious.

But in their 2003 book Writing Training Materials that Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything, Wellesley R. Foshay, Kenneth H. Silber, and Michael B. Stelnicki present their own, more updated steps. What makes these steps especially interesting (and I believe useful) is that they’re grounded in the field of cognitive psychology, the study of how the brain works and how people learn.

In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the steps, as you’d guess. And we’ll also present some additional ideas from the book. Of course, we encourage you to buy and read the book on your own, too.

Convergence Training is a training solution provide with many libraries of e-learning courses, different learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes and industries, and custom training solutions. Contact us to learn more or set up a demo.

What  Steps of Creating Training Do Foshay, Silber, and Stelnicki List?

The three authors list five steps that learners (not trainers–that’s still to come) must perform in order to learn, and then for each of those “learner steps” they give steps of what trainers have to do to help the learner at that phase.

We’re going to start by just listing the five steps that learners have to go through. We’ll add the corresponding trainer steps shortly.


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