tuX Polling #2: Industry Gaps in Training & Development

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on July 18, 2017

The feedback we received from manufacturers attending tuX, our annual event focused on building a high-performance workforce, provides important insights on industry workforce trends.

In previous posts, we looked at polling results around The Skills Gap, as well as Formalizing, Standardizing and Measuring Training. Today, we are exploring polling results related to gaps in training and development programs.

Through various questions throughout the event, we tested our hypothesis that manufacturers need help formalizing and standardizing training programs.

As our past post indicated, few manufacturers are measuring effectiveness of training. This is not surprising because to measure it, there must be structure and standards in place against which training and competency development are measured. There are definite gaps in this area.

In our polling, we found that only 2 percent said their companies have significant levels of program standardization and measurement, such as blended on-the-job training (OJT), classroom and additional formalized learning.

Still it is encouraging to see that 45 percent are making progress, integrating some formal training. More than half (52 percent), however, could use help as they are relying primarily on informal OJT with limited standardization and measurement.

It’s also encouraging to see companies are discovering the benefits of creating competency models around job roles to build a strong workforce. Polling indicated that 41 percent of companies have made progress in this area.

But, our attendees tell us they have a long way to go with standardizing their approach to OJT for programs and instructors.

This should be an area of focus. Standardization is the key to developing employees quickly, consistently and according to work instructions in order to positively impact business and financial goals.

Creating and implementing an OJT standardized work program is necessary to combat the skills gap that is threatening productivity, quality, innovation, safety and profitability.

Where does your company stand? If you see gaps in training and development too, fortunately, the year is only halfway over so there is still plenty of time to address them. Please let us know how we can help, reach out to us at 866.706.8665.

Tags: competencies, "formalized training", "high-performance workforce", manufacturing, OJT, ROI, "standardized training", "training and development", tuX