Learning management systems offer specific benefits when deployed in manufacturing. An LMS is as useful in a small machinery shop as it is in a large factory with hundreds or thousands of employees.
An LMS can deliver training on production, quality, materials handling, health and safety and any regulatory topics necessary to employees’ work. By using e-learning, mobile learning and microlearning, training can be delivered in short bursts not requiring classroom training. This minimises time away from the shopfloor and any disruption to production.
Quality is a key issue in manufacturing and LMS e-learning content can be tailored to specific manufacturing processes to ensure all employees work to the same standards. If there is a productivity problem or a change to a process is required, short microlearning courses can be created to remedy problems or retrain employees in the new way of working.
Where sub-contractors are used, a cloud-based LMS can help to maintain standards and consistency by enabling them to access training even if they are not working on your premises. You can either let them complete the same courses as your own staff or tailor specific content for them.
Compliance is another key issue. Use your corporate LMS to deliver any mandatory training required by industry regulations or laws. An LMS featuring compliance management will maintain training records for each employee and flag the need for specific training to ensure any time-specific qualifications do not expire. Another compliance application is ensuring certification is maintained for First Aiders.
For large businesses with multiple manufacturing plants across a country or spread worldwide, an LMS can ensure consistency of performance at every location by ensuring employees receive the same standard of training. e-learning content can be localised for different countries or translated into other languages while retaining your corporate identity and ethos.
Social learning and gamification are other LMS features that can help motivate employees across the organisation and encourage the sharing of knowledge between locations. For example, employees at one location could share knowledge of how to overcome a specific problem with colleagues elsewhere to improve productivity at every plant.
You can also integrate your LMS with your ERP or other manufacturing systems to analyse employee productivity. An LMS using predictive analysis, machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) can identify training gaps, suggest improvements that could be achieved through training and provide personalised training recommendations for individual employees.
The result is a manufacturing workforce compliant with all regulations and trained for maximum productivity.