Manufacturing has long been an on-the-job (OJT) training industry, relying on new employees to learn from more seasoned and experienced coworkers. However, in today’s advanced technology climate, a “watch what I do” training program is no longer sufficient to build a stable, reliable and safe workforce. While specific job roles and skill sets may have evolved over time, OJT is more important than ever, especially with the rate of changing technology and the changing workforce.
The importance of creating and implementing a strong OJT standardized work program is a driver of manufacturing competiveness, tied directly to enhanced productivity, quality, innovation, safety and profitability. If manufacturers haven’t committed to creating a standardized OJT program using best practices, they should before their competitors do.