Is your manufacturing business facing a shortage of the skills that you need among your employees? If so, you are not alone. Manufacturing is evolving at lightning speed, as many facilities start to implement new technologies. From artificial intelligence to data analytics, the pace of technological change can outpace the training, skills, and experience of the workforce. Here are a few ways you can address the skills gap and start to future-proof your company:
Implement Mentorship & Apprenticeship Programs
Do you have a team member who is a whiz at understanding and using new technologies, no matter what you throw at them? Or perhaps you have an AI expert in the house, or all of your managers recently underwent training on your latest tools. Whatever the situation, leverage this advanced knowledge by implementing apprenticeship and mentorship programs that utilize the expertise of your team. This will help employees to learn and develop the skills and knowledge that they need.
Upskill Existing Employees
Another route to closing the skills gap is to provide continual, updated training, tailored to the specific needs of your organization. You can develop in-house programs or partner with a local educational institution to ensure that your workforce’s skills remain up to date and relevant. Use digital tools and platforms to make training more accessible, including even virtual reality (VR) technology. Also, training and development of soft skills, such as teamwork and problem-solving, can help with communication and identification of specific needs.
Partner with a Staffing Company
One of the best ways to address the skills gap in your manufacturing firm is to partner with an experienced staffing company. We can provide temporary, long-term, or temp-to-hire workers with the specific skills you need. We can also assist with upskilling your current workforce and help maintain a talent pipeline.
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