Digital Training on the Factory Floor

Connected WorkforceLearning & DevelopmentManufacturing Training May 08, 2020
Watch how manufacturers are replacing on-the-job shadowing and classroom training with digital training and video micro-lessons at workstations.
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As manufacturers adjust their operational procedures to reduce physical contact among workers and ensure a two-metre distance between them, training has emerged as yet another obstacle to keeping production running.

As workers call in sick or are asked to self-quarantine, new-hires and existing workers need to be trained more quickly than ever to fill critical positions left open. And despite all the turmoil caused by COVID-19, yearly compliance training still has to be completed on time by all workers to prevent taking an audit hit and stay in business.

To achieve these training goals while keeping workers safe, manufactures have no choice but to replace their traditional classroom-style training and on-the-job shadowing with a digital alternative.

In the following video demonstration, you will see how Poka enables factory workers to be trained digitally at their workstations and on their own, while enabling management to have better visibility into the skills coverage of their entire workforce to identify gaps.

See how supervisors:

  • Consult a digital skills matrix to get real-time visibility of their team’s up-to-date skills
  • Quickly identify which critical positions and procedures have insufficient coverage
  • Identify which operators need to be trained in order to ensure coverage

See how operators:

  • Are automatically notified when there is a new skill that they have to learn
  • Use a tablet at their workstation to learn autonomously at their own pace and as the need arises
  • Instantly access all digital training, including digital work instructions and video micro-lessons, by scanning a QR code on their machine
 The benefits of enabling workers to learn autonomously at their workstations goes beyond just ensuring their safety. Workers also learn more quickly and effectively compared to traditional classroom training and on the job shadowing. For example,
manufacturers have seen the following benefits using Poka:
  • Danone: their medical nutrition division, Nutricia N.V., reduced the time and cost of on-the-job shadowing by 40%
  • Barry Callebaut: a leading chocolate manufacturer, reduced the time to train their factory workers by 50%
  • Leclerc: a Canadian food manufacturer improved retention of work instructions by 18%

Continuous learning on the factory floor
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