October 12, 2015

If you are a trainer working in a facility that is part of a large corporation, the workers at your site need you more than they ever have!

You have knowledge of the procedures necessary to your plant’s operations.

Moreover, you have knowledge of the training gaps that exist within your facility. Gaps that are hindering outputs of more and better products! Gaps that result in increased scrap and lost revenue for your corporation!

Up until the last decade most training purchases were made on the individual plant level. Those purchases were typically made by individuals, like you, who had actual plant floor experience.

Today, the buyers of technology training solutions have changed. And, in many instances, that has not been a good thing for learning outcomes.

Recently, driven by e-Learning technology, many of the purchases that you had once routinely made are now being executed at the corporate level and, far too often, by individuals who have come out of an HR or IT environment. Few of these corporate buyers have had prior shop floor experience or were ever professional trainers.

Unfortunately for the workers who have to take the training, much of what is purchased today by many corporate buyers includes adapted PowerPoint presentations and/or adapted written procedures that have been re-purposed for e-Learning delivery.

As we all know by now, those word-laden examples of e-Learning do not teach anyone anything. They violate almost all knowledgeable instructional design principles. They totally ignore the fact that half of our nation’s workforce does not comprehend anything written above a 4th grade reading level.

In addition, as national statistics indicate, 70% of re-purposed PowerPoint and re-purposed written procedure courses are never completed by the trainees.

It’s past time to get you and other supervisors and trainers, with plant floor experience, back into the corporate buying process.

You know your workforce. You know their needs. You know their training gaps. You know what works —- and, you know what doesn’t.

American process and manufacturing companies had better bring their subject-knowledgeable trainers back into their training-solution decision activity — and, quickly!

Trainers with plant floor knowledge should lead the corporate purchasing process.

It’s time to get you back in the game!

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Bill Walton: co-Founder, ITC Learning
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