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The Advantages Of Web-Based Training

The Advantages Of Web-Based Training

by Wesley Howard, Managing Director, Tooling University, a Division of Jergens, Inc.

    Web-based training holds great promise for manufacturers as they struggle with maintaining a skilled workforce. A quick review of today's traditional training alternatives highlight methods that can be both ineffective and inefficient: Manufacturers perceive that they cannot afford to take production down for hours or days at a time for training seminars.
  • High travel, lodging, and meals costs for sending employees to training.
  • Training often not tailored to the employer's specific needs.
  • Training efforts must be duplicated to reach a dispersed workforce.
  • Employees' work and personal schedules leave only small blocks of available time for training. 
  • Technological changes and product redesign can quickly training course content.

Traditional distance learning media, including teleconferencing, text-based courses, audio courses, video courses, and text-based training all can help -- but each has drawbacks and can't solve all the problems mentioned above.

  • In this light, web-based training has important advantages: web-based training potentially replaces 100 percent of classroom, video, audio, and text-based training.
  • Web-based training is deliverable on-demand to any web browser, anywhere in the world, even to a workstation on a CNC tool on the shop floor. 
  • Web-based training provides education and product training in whatever time increments the employee or customer requires. 
  • Web-based training content is instantly updateable without republishing manuals, CD ROMs, books, videos, and tapes.

Web-based training that is designed specifically for the metalworking industry is already on the scene. Tooling University (www.toolingU.com) gives you a good idea of what web-based training has to offer. Other sources are bound to follow, giving the metalworking industry a head start in the race to meet the training challenge.

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