INDUSTRIAL TRAINING TODAY
Working in industry in 2019, in addition to job specific requirements, calls for a solid background in learning fundamentals such as safety, work practice, tool use, computer familiarity, mathematics, plus reading and writing. These are all important elements in any modern industrial training program and particularly for those employees working in electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, operations, and instrumentation.
And, while the number of industrial workers has declined, the United States will continue to rely on manufacturing and process activities for the foreseeable future.
However, changes in American business are resulting in an increase in the skills required of our modern industrial workforce.
In 1950, 80% of all jobs in the United States were classified as unskilled. Today, 85% of jobs are classified as skilled, meaning that the importance of effective Industrial Skills Training is more critical than ever before.
Matthew Bell’s article, “3 Reasons Technical Skills Training Is The Best Investment To Make In Your Team” in eLEARNING INDUSTRY highlights one that addresses our subject:
Not only is it vital to our nation’s economic health — to be truly effective, the training must be provided in the learning culture of the modern workforce — a workforce that has cultivated many of their learning habits from smartphones, tablets, computers, and television. Much of the information they acquire today comes from what they see and hear rather than from what they read in print.
Smart corporations and organizations are learning to adapt to that new learning culture and are providing their employees with multi-sensory media training that can be successfully delivered via any, and all, delivery devices. That’s where investment reaps rich rewards today.
The training that returns the greatest value to both the workers and their employers is the training that incorporates video, graphic animations, simulations, gaming and optional full audio combined with sophisticated instructional design — all necessary in today’s world in which nearly 40% of our workforce does not successfully comprehend anything written beyond a 4th grade reading level.
We must recognize that an increasing emphasis on Industrial Skills Training is in our best interest —- but, from a new, and more enlightened, direction!
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— Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning
January 7, 2019
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