Finding the Right Online Manufacturing Training

Finding the Right Online Manufacturing Training

So you'd like to add online training to your current manufacturing training program, but you want to take your time and make sure you'll implement the solutions that are the best fit for your organizational training and learning needs? Are we right?

If so, we congratulate you, because there really is no single solution or implementation that is a perfect fit for every company, and even if there were, you'd still need to consider how you'd add online training to the rest of the L&D programs at your manufacturing facility. It's a much more individual, thought-out decision making process you'll have to go through.

To help you make the right choice, we've got a free GUIDE TO SELECTING ONLINE MANUFACTURING TRAINING for you below. It will help you consider big-picture things, like how online training fits into your L&D programs; what online training "mainly" means now and what it will probably include in the future; criteria for selecting online courses, learning management systems, and providers; and some tips for using online training wisely once you have implemented it.

In this article, we'll try to give you a few insights based on materials in the guide, so this article should definitely help you jump start your search for online manufacturing training and the guide will push your training search into overdrive.

Let us know if you have any questions and have a great day!

Tips for your Online Manufacturing Training Search & Selection Process

Below are a few tips that the guide goes into much more detail on:

What Is Online Training?

We might as well start at the beginning, right? For most organizations searching for online manufacturing training, what they're looking for is a learning management system (LMS) and elearning courses. The LMS is the software system that administers all your training, both online and offline. The elearning courses are the content related to improving the knowledge and skills of your manufacturing workforce on any number of manufacturing topics (operations, quality, lean, safety, HR, etc.).

You'll also be interested in live online learning, also known as virtual instructor-led training (VILT). This is live instruction through a webinar-like tool such as Zoom (this can be assigned and tracked through your LMS).

And there's additional learning material people can complete online--videos, webpages, PDFs, PPTs, and so on.

Lastly, you'll want to know about mobile learning--completing that online learning on mobile phones and tablets, etc.

Benefits of Online Manufacturing Training

Your organization will benefit in many ways from implementing online manufacturing training. One way is by simply having access to improved training options that can deliver improved business outcomes. How? First, you'll get access to more training materials that your organization can make on its own. Second, you'll get the benefit of training and instructional design expertise from your online manufacturing training provider. And third, your workers will benefit from a blended learning solution that incorporates different forms of training delivery methods, such as elearning and instructor-led classroom style (studies consistently show this to be true).

Additionally, your workers will benefit from online learning in many ways. It allows them to complete training when it's convenient for them, it allows them to proceed through training at the pace that's best for them, and it allows workers to access training materials not just for training purposes but also right on the job when they need performance support.

Managers and supervisors also benefit from online training--the ease of training administration, the scalability, how it makes it easier to deliver training to workers on multiple shifts or at different locations, and so on.

Conducting Your Online Training Search

The guide will also give you tips for conducting your search. These include:

Don't go it alone--build an internal selection team (and be sure to include employees)

Determine what you want the online training to do as part of your overall manufacturing training program and write up uses cases to help you make your selection more quickly and effectively

Consider some of our suggested criteria when evaluating learning management systems (LMS), elearning courses for manufacturing training, and training providers

Read the Guide to Selecting Online Manufacturing Training for Even More Tips!

Well, we've given you some highlights of what's in the guide in this article, but the guide has much, much more to help you make a wise decision with your online manufacturing training. In fact, there are 40+ pages worth of helpful information in the guide to help you jumpstart your manufacturing training. Download it today and let us know if you have questions.

Additional Resources for Your Online Manufacturing Training Search

Our free guide to selecting online manufacturing training solutions, including courses, learning management systems, and providers, is below. We hope you find this guide helpful and wish you luck in your search.

In addition to the "Selecting Online Manufacturing Training" guide below, you might also want to check out our recorded Selecting Online Manufacturing Training webinar to help you make a better decision for selecting online manufacturing training.

On top of the webinar, you may find our Six Steps for Better Manufacturing Training article to just generally help you improve your overall manufacturing training program.

Please feel free to contact us you have any questions or would like to know more about the online manufacturing training materials and performance-improvement solutions we provide.

Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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