Life in a food manufacturing plant can be hectic and unpredictable, to say the least. On the positive side – no two days are ever the same. On the not so positive side – YIKES – keeping track of all that needs to be done while working through ‘challenges and opportunities’ is more turbulent than hurricane force winds! To keep your head on straight, your training programs should be the first thing pulled out of the tool kit when dealing with a change or issue. So how do you create an agile and strategic program?
Robust training programs are comprised of seven key elements. Here is a checklist to get started on the right foot:
1. Develop an annual schedule
Be sure that you approach training with a well thought out strategy and clearly defined (and agreed upon) goals. Set a schedule where training topics are assigned each month that correspond with other plant activities. Devising a plan where there is a link between learning and real-life experience reinforces concepts and improves overall effectiveness of your regimen.