Currently, the manufacturing industry is facing an employment crisis. In the U.S., unemployment rates are down, which is good news for the overall economy. Unfortunately, as jobs in the manufacturing industry open up, the pool of available and qualified workers is shrinking.

The rise of robotics in the manufacturing industry might create the impression that the need for workers is decreasing, but employees are still needed to collaborate with robots. Those employees generally need to have more advanced technical skills.

The 2018 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Study predicted that a shortage of trained manufacturing workers could leave 2.4 million positions vacant during the next decade, leading to $2.5 trillion in economic loss. In the face of this major skills gap, manufacturers are forced to employ under-skilled workers who need to be trained once hired.

The lack of qualified workers is making it more important than ever for companies in the manufacturing industry to find better ways to track and enforce training compliance. That’s why the training compliance application on QAD CEBOS EQMS is vital to manufacturers.

The Benefits of Training Compliance

Training employees in-house helps companies retain highly effective employees. The 2018 Workplace Learning Report discovered that 68% of employees would rather learn at work. The Report also found that 94% of workers would stay at a business longer if it invested in their career by providing training.

Companies don’t want to lose great employees, so focusing on training compliance makes sense.

Why Training Compliance Is Critical

A lack of qualified employees has made risks for manufacturers go up dramatically. If employees don’t have the proper skills, product quality may suffer. Nonconformities can enter products that end up at the customer site, resulting in costly recalls that damage a company’s reputation and erode profits.

New employees may lack technical know-how, ranging from basic skills all the way up to advanced engineering skills such as 3D printers or computer-aided design (CAD). Quality-related training, such as how to inspect parts or calibrate gauges, is necessary to ensure that manufacturers meet training compliance.

Tracking training compliance on paper is next to impossible, making training compliance software a necessity.

The Challenges of Training Compliance

The skills gap has created additional challenges for companies that already have difficulty meeting training compliance standards. Manufacturing employees tend to move around within the business, making it hard to determine if workers’ skill sets match their current positions.

Absenteeism means employees may be missing out on crucial training. Qualified people need to be quickly rotated to fill those vacancies. Ensuring training gaps are closed make it possible to rotate employees without increasing the risk of poor quality.

Companies need visibility into who is capable of doing a certain job. This visibility ensures that employee training matches up with job roles. It also makes it easier to ensure each position has a backup person who can step in when needed.

Manufacturers should not only guarantee that employees are trained but also ensure that the training was effective. The company must have an evaluation system in place that includes quizzes and exams that rate and rank employees during training.

The QAD CEBOS EQMS Difference

Many quality management software providers offer tools for training management, but QAD CEBOS is different. We provide Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) that helps manufacturers meet training compliance standards.

Our new Training Compliance Application helps companies document and evaluate employee skills related to product quality. The Training Compliance Application can:

  • Facilitate the identification of role-specific training needs
  • Track current skills and compare to role requirements
  • Maintain records of all training
  • Enable employees to take quizzes on skills and rate their proficiency
  • Facilitate multi-disciplined checklists for employee events
  • Manage periodic practical evaluations of an employee during a probationary period

Our training compliance tools emphasize technical skills instead of soft skills, reinforcing our preventive approach to operational excellence. At QAD CEBOS, we believe an under-skilled workforce shouldn’t be the reason product nonconformities reach your customers.

Take a deep dive into the advantages of using QAD CEBOS EQMS for training compliance. Register for our webinar QAD CEBO EQMS: Training Compliance Application Overview.