New E-Learning Programs Appear Designed For Industrial Workers

Based from a 2015 research conducted by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, there is an expected need for about 2.5 million manufacturing workers in 2025, but almost 2 million will be unfilled due to major skill gaps, and this is only in the United States. Furthermore, the survey indicated that 6 out of 10 of the skilled production jobs are unfilled currently because of talent shortages.

E-learning training programs for industrial workers

LearningSI, a 20-year customized industrial training programs provider, just announced their new e-learning modules which are specifically created to assist the firms increase new hires rapidly to minimize downtime and increase revenues. They consider these three primary factors affecting the industrial training now:

  • The aging out of industrial workers, with new workers that lack basic skills.
  • New processes and equipment which are too complex and the need for an extensive fundamental knowledge.
  • Young workers who embrace learning and also regard it as a benefit, so they respond better to e-learning methods.

In order to meet the industrial workforce’s needs, the company is moving to e-learning modules. They want to make the training easier and also more cost-effective, while having the workers engaged in concepts needed for success. The learning programs currently involved instrumentation diagrams and reading process. In the future, the basics of chemistry, electricity, physics and equipment operations will be included.

Unique learning needs of the industrial workforce

According to Dimitris Kiritsis, Marco Taisch and Christos Emmanouilidis, the authors of the “Advances in Production Management Systems, Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services” report, the need for better system quality, productivity, safety, availability and customer satisfaction is influencing industrial training to look for modern solutions.

The training systems need to address the skills needed by floor technicians to be collaborative and agile. Training no longer needs to be in closed classroom environments in an organization.

In sum, organizations now need to be familiar with e-learning methods, such as ways on how to make a training video or creating digital reading materials, so learning is facilitated online making more sense, given the evolving jobs of these industrial workers.