Manufacturing’s New Training Model

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on January 30, 2018

Education theories are constantly evolving, and one big shift is around the delivery of skills and knowledge for those entering a career in manufacturing.

5 Reasons You Need to Move to Competency-based Education…Now

For years, learning has been time-based. Whether in a community college, vocational school or workplace, the measurement of success has been based on classroom hours and letter grades. You know the drill: Attend classes, pass tests, move to the next course.

But something very important is missing from that training model. There is no validation that the necessary knowledge and skills have actually been transferred in a meaningful, actionable and measurable way.

That’s a big omission when the industry is desperate for skilled labor to compete on a global scale.

Today we’re seeing a shift as the manufacturing industry moves to Competency-Based Education (CBE).

Schools, industry and government are working together to implement CBE, linking real knowledge and skills learning, credentials, certifications, and employment to build career-ready students and high-performance employees.

The CBE approach allows students as well as incumbent workers to advance based on their ability to learn, demonstrate and then master a skill or competency at their own pace, regardless of environment.

If your company or school hasn’t moved to CBE, here are some important reasons you should consider it:

  1. Accelerates Competency : The flexibility of CBE can decrease time-to-competency and accelerate student-to employer readiness. CBE training for incumbent workers ensures consistency and cross-functionality across job roles. Bonus points: Based on true needs, training is accelerated, cutting costs.
  2. Engages Future and Current Employees : CBE training is tailored for each student, defining clear career pathways. This clarity enhances employee contributions, confidence and engagement.
  3. Builds Capacity for Educators : A flipped classroom model helps buy back time spent on lecturing. For companies, Learning Management Systems automatically track employee education and results, allowing more time for hand-on skills development.
  4. Ensures Validation : CBE programs include a validation process that not only tests a new skill but also continues to build on it. New skills sets are validated through assessments, testing, and certifications. Don’t forget, validation is needed to apply for grants.
  5. Addresses the Skills Gap : With millions of manufacturing jobs available — and not enough skilled workers to fill them — CBE can provide current and future employees with the skills, knowledge and abilities to be competent in the 21st century in an accelerated timeframe.

For more insights on the advantages of CBE, download our free report: 5 Reasons You Need to Move to Competency-based Education…Now.

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