One of the current and most prominent challenges facing manufacturing industries is the skills gap found in today’s workers. With many experienced workers reaching or nearing retirement there is a dearth of highly trained manufacturing professionals entering the workforce.

In a recent study by Business Roundtable  98 percent of CEOs polled indicated that the skills gap threatens their business. Quite a significant and telling statistic!

Abigail Phillips at Global Manufacturing discussed solutions to this problem in her article “How To Overcome the Manufacturing Skills Gap”. Her solutions are similar to the values we hold at LearningSI, such as continuing education, embracing innovation, and strong leadership.

Phillips emphasized continued education and training as particularly essential in creating and maintaining a skilled workforce, noting:

“Extensive training will not only give them the expertise needed to complete the job, it will also ensure their viability as an employee and strengthen their position at the company. Capable employees lead to better production, and a talented workforce is necessary for a business to remain competitive.”

Read the entire Global Manufacturing article here, and view LearningSI’s Courses page to see what kinds of learning services we can offer your company.

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Knowledge is the key to success. Here at LearningSI we understand that learning is at the very heart of improvement and achievement, at both the individual and organizational level.

E-Learning is one excellent way to facilitate on-going learning in the workplace. It is cost effective for organizations, and allows for greater flexibility and personalized learning for employees.

D&A Magazine put together a list of reasons e-learning benefits the workplace at all levels:

E-Learning Advantages for the Organization

  • Cost-effective. The production of learning content is a time consuming endeavor – whether it is online or off. However, e-learning brings an improved return on investment each time an employee accesses the course, as you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses. An online learning environment also eliminates the cost of transportation, physical textbooks and other material and labour costs incurred by attending classes in a traditional setting.
  • ŸImproved productivity. In today’s economy, businesses are looking for ways to do more with less. Research shows ongoing employee learning leads to improved, and more efficient, performance. The added value behind e-learning is that the tools and skills offered are not bound by geography or time, meaning you can control the impact on production by encouraging employees to access training courses during down times.
  • ŸStandardized learning. One of the challenges with traditional learning environments is the fact facilitators may change and the courses may be presented differently across separate sessions. This is not an issue with e-learning, as it allows you to create a standardized process, resulting in consistency in the delivery of content.

Click here to read the rest of D&A’s benefits to e-learning, and be sure to check out LearningSI’s current course offerings to see how we can help your organization reach its educational goals.