All You Need to Know About Developing an Industrial Training Program

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All You Need to Know About Developing an Industrial Training Program

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A successful industrial training program starts with a good plan that outlines everything an organisation needs to consider. Last week, we learnt about the steps to take when assessing your training needs. Once you’ve completed the assessment, it’s time to get working on developing the training program. This involves taking the design blueprint and converting it into real training materials to be delivered later.

This guide contains everything you need to know about developing an industrial training program. But first, ensure compliance with the government guidelines concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can install outdoor social distancing barriers around the training area to help your team maintain a safe distance from each other.

 

  1. Use Reliable Sources of Information

Use of reliable, credible information is vital to ensure your workforce is properly trained and competent to perform the tasks at hand. You’ll need to consult with your experienced employees, supervisors, managers, experts, and learn from observation, as well. Knowing what you’re talking about is the key factor in the design phase. Ensure to cross-check every source of the information you receive for credibility before the development.

 

  1. Ensure Your Training Materials Align with Your Learning Objectives

Your workplace learning objectives should serve as a “road map” to develop your training assessments, content, and activities. Your goal is to develop materials that help to teach your workers to efficiently satisfy the learning objectives. The objectives will guide you to come up with appropriate content and activities, and to avoid those you think are interesting as they may depress learning. You may consider awakening prior knowledge related to your training topic by summarizing what they already learned.

 

  1. Incorporate Adult Learning Principles

You also need to research for available training methods to help assist in skill development and knowledge acquisition. Some of the common adult learning principles include:

  • Want relevant training

  • Want to feel and be respected

  • Like to be self-directed

  • Want to make progress towards a particular goal

  • Need for training that helps in performing specific projects

  • Coming to training with previous skills, experience, and knowledge

  • Ability to learn better through motivation

 

  1. Keep Your Training Short

Learning is hard work, and people can only concentrate for a significantly short time. Ensure to keep the training short to ensure the workers can process all the information passed to them. It’s better to have the training go for days or weeks and achieve the intended goal than to do everything in a single day and fail to achieve your goal. The training can cover a short period of total accumulated time, separated with different types of activities.

 

  1. Consider Your Workers’ Language Issues

The workers you’ll be training have different conversational speaking and reading levels that you need to need to properly understand to create a program that meets most, if not all, of their needs. If you’re having a multilingual workforce, ensure to make arrangements to provide the training in multiple languages, as well. In your training, avoid things like long words, academic language, abbreviations, acronyms, and long and complicated sentences.

 

  1. Use Visuals and Different Forms of Comparison and Contrast

Metaphors, analogies, contrasts, comparisons, and similes can help your workers to relate new knowledge to existing knowledge. Visuals such as stock photos and clip arts also help them remember and learn more. The visuals should be as simple as possible, provided they support the learning objectives and pass the right point. But you need to be careful not to use more of the visuals and forms of comparison and contrast.

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