The Importance of Ongoing Training for Your Technical Workforce
If you don’t keep regular technical training and development as a high priority, you could experience unnecessary downtime and lost progress in your manufacturing facility… is it worth it?
You’ve established a great technical workforce for your facility. You’ve hired and on-boarded the right people with good technical skills, and the future is looking bright for your manufacturing operation. After a few months, you’re pleased with the progress your team is making… but a few automation investments and unexpected machine failures later, you feel like you’re at square one. What is the underlying cause of this lost productivity?
The answer: lack of ongoing technical training.
Three out of five manufacturers feel their companies do not adequately train and develop their employees. And this seems to be the truth, as a recent survey found that 80% of maintenance personnel scored less than 50% of where they need to be to perform their jobs. It’s no surprise, then, that many major studies have revealed that 70% – 80% of unplanned shutdowns are due to human errors. When combined with rising production costs, this can cost manufacturers upwards of 11% in net yearly earnings. And that isn’t even considering the cost of turnover, which can average 20% or more each year for manufacturers.
So what can you do to get your operations back on track? Consider establishing an ongoing training and professional development program for your current employees. Ensuring that your technical employees have the proper certifications and are up to speed on the latest technology utilized in your facility will not only decrease downtime caused by technician mistakes, but give your employees a sense of purpose and pride in their work.
At ATS, we understand the challenges manufacturers face as the skills gap widens and reskilling becomes a central initiative to bridge that gap. As an Illinois Manufacturing Association Employer Training Investment Program grant recipient, we put continuous training of our technicians at the forefront of our operations. We also understand that training takes time to show a potential return on investment. If you are looking to immediately secure a top-tier technical workforce, contact an ATS rep today.