Blended Learning for Manufacturing Training

blended-learning-for-manufacuring-trainingYou can’t train a manufacturing workforce using just one “type” of training–just field-based OJT, just written materials, just instructor-led classroom-style training, just e-learning, etc.

Well, you can. But you won’t get the most effective training, and you won’t create a cost-effective training program. So you don’t want to.

Instead, it’s best to use a “blended learning” solution that mixes and matches different types of training.

In this article, we’ll give a few reasons why you should consider a blended learning solution for your workers; give you some tips for creating the right blend to help workers acquire basic knowledge, develop skills and learn procedures, and develop advanced job skills that really create value for your company; and show you some tools and techniques for making this all happen smoothly.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong manufacturing offering. We make a variety of learning management systems (LMSs), off-the-shelf e-learning courses for manufacturing topics, EHS, and other workforce training needs, custom training, mobile apps, and more. Contact us for more information.

You may also want to check out our free Guide to Effective Manufacturing Training.  

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Training Manufacturing Workers for Next Job in Line of Progression

training-manufacturing-workers-for-next-job-inline-of-progressionAt many manufacturing companies, employees enter the workforce in a role reserved for new hires, then work their way through an organized line of progression from their first job to the next job and so on throughout their careers.

As a result, it’s helpful to have a plan in place, and some tools to use, to help train workers at each position and better prepare them for success at each new job.

In this post, we’ll give some tips and introduce some tools you can use to improve the line of progression training at your facility and make administering it more efficient.

By the time you’re done reading, you should have enough information to help you deliver (a) more effective training to your employees in each job position, (b) at a lower cost, and all while (c) spending less time administering the training. And you’ll be better prepared to move new employees from one position to the next in their line of progression, and as a bonus you’ll find some tools to help you cross-train employees so they can fill multiple job roles if necessary.

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Using Scenario-based Learning for Manufacturing Training

using-scenario-based-learning-for-manufacturing-trainingIf you read current literature on training, one of the things you’ll read about a lot is scenario-based learning. This goes by other names, too, including immersive learning and problem-based learning. For this article, we’re going to stick with scenario-based learning.

No matter what you call it, there’s a reason why people talk about it a lot. Because it’s an effective way to learn. Within the context of job training, scenario-based learning has a couple big advantages. These include:

  • Making compliance training more active, fun, engaging, and effective
  • Reducing the amount of time it takes for an employee to develop expertise in his or her job (moving employee  from basic, foundational job knowledge and skills to advanced skills that create value for the company)
  • Providing a safe learning environment in which employees can practice and learn from mistakes without harming themselves, machines, or business goals

This article will at least touch on all three of those points. But we’re going to focus on how scenario-based learning can reduce the amount of time it takes for an employee to develop advanced job skills and become an expert in his or her field. Typically, employees become experts simply through years of on-the-job experience. For example, our customers in the paper manufacturing industry tell us it commonly takes as much as 20 years for an employee to develop the job expertise necessary to operate a paper machine. And since many of those current job experts are nearing retirement, there’s a need to train a new generation and get them up to speed much more quickly than in 20 years. And that’s where scenario-based learning can really help any workplace.

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Online Options for MSHA Part 46 New Task Training

MSHA-part-46-new-task-training-onlineIn an earlier post, we gave an example of how you could use online training tools as part of the MSHA Part 46 New Miner safety training requirement.

That post got a lot of attention, so we’re circling back to do the same basic thing for MSHA Part 46 New Task(s) training.

What we’re going to do is give some ideas of how you can use online tools–a learning management system (LMS), e-learning courses, and other online learning activities–as part of the training you deliver for Part 46 New Task training.

What we’re not going to do is try to tell you that you should use only e-learning courses for your Part 46 New Task training. We recommend a “blended learning” approach in which you use a variety of different kinds of training. For example, you might have your workers do some reading, watch an e-learning course, attend some instructor-led training in a classroom setting, and do some task-based procedural training in the field.

So let’s get to it.

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Using EHS Leading Indicators for EHS Performance Measurement

using-leading-idicators-for-EHS-measurementYou work hard on your safety & health/EHS program at work. You give it a lot of thought, you spend a lot of time on it, and you care a lot about it (and about the people and environment it’s intended to protect).

But how do you know if what you’re doing is effective? How do you know if it’s working? How can you measure your own performance?

One thing you can do is to keep track of the number of incidents at work. Things like work-related fatalities, injuries, or illnesses. Or chemical spills to the environment. As a group, these are known as lagging indicators. They’re called lagging because they tell you about things that have already happened.

Lagging indicators have their place, and they’re important to track. But they have their limits, too, and it’s helpful to track other stuff as well in order to truly measure the success of your EHS program.

As you may have guessed, we’re “leading up to” the subject of leading indicators here, and the use of leading indicators for EHS measurement. Ha! Did you get the little joke? :)

But jokes aside, what are leading indicators, in general? What are some good examples? What’s the point of using them? How can you get started using them? Those are the kind of questions we’re going to address below.

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Onboarding New Employees: Why and How to Do It

onboarding-new-employeesWhat do you do when a new employee is hired?

Some organizations have no real plan for managing this process at all. Whatever happens, happens, and it varies from one new employee to the next based on a variety of circumstances.

Other organizations have some minimal preparations in place. The person gets a desk, computer, and phone, or the proper tools and safety equipment, and gets to fill out his or her benefit papers.

But high-performing organizations have a consistent, well-thought out new employee onboarding process in place. We’ll show you what that involves below. There’s even a checklist at the bottom for you.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Manufacturing Training

past-present-future-of-manufacturing-trainingTraining within manufacturing organizations has undergone a lot of changes over time, and there are plenty more changes coming.

In fact, even if you’re not aware of it, changes are happening right now. And the infrastructure that will lead to even more changes is coming soon.

If this seems interesting to you–and if you’re in manufacturing training, it should, because it directly affects your present and future realities–you may find the quick overview below of interest.

This is also a great post for including your own thoughts at the bottom, since so much of the future is speculative. Please share your own experiences and thoughts and let us learn from you.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make a series of learning management systems, many libraries of e-leraning courses for workforce development, mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile performance support, and more. Contact us to ask us some questions and set up a demo.

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Safety Training for Santa and Friends

safety-for-santaWith all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holiday seasons, it’s easy to forget about holiday safety.

Rushing around is a prime cause of workplace accidents, after all, as is being distracted.

With that in mind, and not a minute too soon, we’ve pulled together the following safety training suggestions for characters in made-for-TV holiday specials.

Hope you enjoy this and that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Convergence Training makes learning management systems (LMSs)e-learning courses, and more. Contact us to learn more or set up a demo.

You may also want to download our FREE Guide to Effective EHS Training and our  FREE Guide to Effective Manufacturing Training.

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Determining Training ROI: Isolating the Effects of Your Training Program

ROI---isolating-effectsIn some recent articles, we’ve been looking at issues related to determining if your training program is having a desired positive effect, determining how big of a positive effect it’s having, and communicating that information internally within the training department but also externally with others in your workplace.

For example, in our last article that touched on these issues, we looked at a way to evaluate the movement of a key performance indicator (KPI) after a training program was held.

In that same article, we also noted that although it’s great if you initiate a training program and see a KPI (or several KPIs) that the program is intended to effect respond in a positive manner, that’s not the whole story. Because there are other factors that may have influenced that KPI at the same time. And if that’s the case, who’s to say that the newly implemented training program truly deserves all the credit? Or how much of the credit it does deserve?

And that introduction leads us straight to the point of this article. Today, we’re going to explain a few methods of “isolating the effects of your training program.” What this means is determining how much of that desired increase in the KPI your training program was responsible for–if any.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make several different learning management systems (LMSs), offer many different libraries of e-learning courses for workforce training, create custom training solutions for our customers, have apps for mobile learning and mobile performance support, and more. Contact us to find out more information or to set up a demo.

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3 Ways Online Training Can Improve Your Safety Culture

online-safety-cultureIf you’re in safety, you may be familiar with various reasons why it’s a good idea to use online training tools as part of your safety/EHS training program at work.

There are lots of reasons. It can result in more effective training and therefore a safer workplace. It can help you deliver training to more people, especially those who work on different shifts or in different locations. And it can do all that while ALSO cutting your EHS training costs and still facilitating instructor-led training or other forms of face-to-face training.

But here’s one you may not have heard before: adopting an online training system can cause your workers to take a more active, engaged role in safety matters at work. So the online training not only improves your EHS training program, it also has a positive effect on your safety culture and on safety as a whole at work.

But you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, we’ve heard this very point from three customers who made the move to an online training system and began using them for safety training at their workplace. We’ll give you a quick overview below.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We make a series of learning management systems (LMSs), many libraries of e-learning courses including an EHS e-learning library, custom training solutions, and more. Contact us to ask some questions or set up a demo.

And while you’re here, feel free to download this FREE GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE EHS TRAINING, which is based on ANSI Z490.1.

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