By bringing together multiple formats, TPC can issue the most effective method to address workforce training and current skills gaps.

Throughout history, organizations have relied on different workforce development and assessment methods to increase training efficiency and diminish employee learning curves. Each effective approach lends performance benefits and insights to a training program’s success. Because of these different advantages, TPC Training Systems considers every approach when assessing the knowledge levels of a workforce in order to develop successful programs for their clients. Multiple resources are often needed to accomplish a client’s training goals and TPC often issues a blended approach. This White Paper discusses benefits and shortcomings to many training methods used by companies and organizations and the situations for which they excel. It will outline the resources available from TPC Training Systems and focus on the importance of a customized training program.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

On-the-Job training and assessment tools deliver personalized workforce training in real work environments. OJT makes it easier for a worker to apply newly learned skills, as they do not have to transfer abstract ideas from a classroom to usable skills on the facility floor1. This one-on-one setting helps pinpoint problem areas in a worker’s routine as it allows the instructor to deliver direct criticism. TPC’s OJT assessment materials help trainers evaluate and document a worker’s ability to perform in key competency areas, making deficiencies easier to highlight. Although OJT is very effective, it is a time consuming method of training that can impact production. Each trainee requires a dedicated skilled worker for instruction, which removes the technicians from his production duties.

Industrial Maintenance Training in Operational Excellence
Instructor-led Training

Classroom instruction is necessary to train workers on the intricacies of today’s complicated machines and to teach unique troubleshooting processes. Instructor-led training has advantages as it minimizes distraction to the skilled workers on the production lines because instructors can simultaneously address a large group of trainees. TPC Training Systems’ hands-on Instructor-led classes cover extensive subjects from industrial maintenance to fleet and mobile equipment. Training in a group environment often serves as follow-up education to fundamentals training as it is often covers more complex material1. However, it requires trainees to learn at the instructor’s pace and lacks the benefits of instantaneous feedback that other methods can provide.

Self-Paced Instruction

Individualized instruction addresses organizational training by utilizing a calculated method of self-paced learning. With its programed approach to training in-depth topics, trainees progress at the speed of their comprehension and have the ability to check their understanding with regular review questions and assessments1. No workforce learns at the same pace and TPC’s comprehensive course manuals are designed with that in mind. TPC’s training manuals provide standardized training and testing in the classroom and for individual study programs. Course manuals are frequently brought into the field and used for reference while learning on-the-job. Individualized learning is performed off-task so studied concepts still need to be transferred to job activities.

Computer-Based Training (CBT)

Computers link studied concepts to job-specific activities because individual trainees engage themselves while learning with multimedia content. Combining audio with visuals is proven to increase comprehension of key subjects and better applies ideas to performing on the job. Web-based CBT also gives learners and administrators instant performance feedback1 with real-time assessment tools to direct organizations toward possible skills gaps and follow-up instruction. TPC Online™ is TPC Training Systems’ online training platform that effectively brings interactive technical and safety training content to workforces over the Internet. The web-based learning management system makes it easy to assign, administrate, and manage multiple training programs simultaneously.

Job Support

Job training is always an ongoing process that improves over time. Job support systems help educate workers while they work and are often reference tools or systems that help employees accurately perform specific tasks and aid long-term job education. Implementing job support resources is beneficial when training for tasks that aren’t routine but need to be performed in an exact manner1. Tools dedicated for job support increase training effectiveness in key areas. iSchematic is a customizable, machine-specific information hub that gives workers the ability to reference machine documentation, including certified schematics and troubleshooting information. The computer-based application makes finding and implementing reference materials simple, giving workers the tools needed to accurately perform complex machine maintenance tasks.

TPC Training Systems

With over 40 years of experience, TPC Training Systems excels in delivering effective technical skills programs using these methods. TPC recognizes that every training program has different requirements and goals. Each client’s training situation is unique, whether it is implementing a pay-for-skills program, planning apprenticeship training, cross-training to support multi-craft operations, or just filling a gap in an existing training program. Even within one company, TPC understands that similar plants and facilities have different requirements depending on their systems, equipment, and the make-up of their workforce. With that in mind, TPC builds a blended training approach and employs many resources to tackle the specific training goals of each client. By bringing together multiple formats, TPC issues the most effective method to address workforce training and current skills gaps.

1Sleight, Deborah A. “A Developmental History of Training in the United States and Europe.” A Developmental History of Training in the United States and Europe. MSU, Dec. 1992. Web. 25 Apr. 2014.


Sorry, no comments found for this article