Companies often ask us “What the best way to train my employees?”
The fact that they are asking the questions is good. Why? Because it shows that they at least recognize that some kind of formal, structured training is better than unplanned, unstructured “on-the-job” training. That is unfortunately the “training program” used by most injection molders. Very wasteful, very expensive.
So what is the best way to train an injection molding workforce? A company should always be looking for a solution that provides on-going formalized training. Having a training program in-house allows you to train 24/7 and easily adjust the training schedule to fit in with production schedules. Off-site seminars provide excellent supplements to in-plant training. They let people get specific questions answered by experts. They also let you talk with other injection molders about their training and production challenges. This sharing of information is critical to staying on top of what is working and what is not.
There are many training option out there for the injection molding industry. You don’t need to rely on just one vendor or one training method. Try interactive on-line training, try instructor-led training, if you can, conduct in-house injection molding training lessons… mix it up a bit. Your employees will retain more information and you will have a much better trained workforce in the long run.
If you’d like to discuss what Paulson recommends based on your workforce, time available and budget constraints, please give us a call at 1-800-826-1901.