e-Learning for Manufacturing

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    What type of manufacturing organization is looking for e-Learning solutions?

    These could be organisations operating in heavy industry or light industry. Producing goods to sell B2B or direct to consumer.

    What is the target audience for learning within these manufacturing organizations?

    There are first and foremost the own employees that encompasses both blue- and white-collar employees. Due to the nature of the organisations, a lot of external user groups are also in scope when it comes to delivering digital training. Think about contractors that need to safely execute maintenance tasks on the site or visitors that need to be trained on basic procedures in case of emergencies.

    What are the challenges and solutions for learning within manufacturing?

    Safety as common thread

    Any environment in which goods are produced brings potential safety risks with it. So as a manufacturing organisation it is vital to mitigate these risks. One element that helps in doing this, is informing and training all of your target audiences about do’s and don’ts when it comes to safety. By using a digital training approach, organisations can organise this centrally and ensure each participant is trained in an engaging and standardises manner. Having access to reports on all of this, is also a big plus.

    Time and place independent training

    In manufacturing, many people work changing shifts. Time and place independent learning is therefore definitely a plus. This allows employees to go through short learning activities at quiet times when it is convenient for them. You can also set deadlines to ensure that all learning activities are completed by a certain date.

    User generated content

    (Expert knowledge on organisation specific subjects is very valuable for these organisations.) With influences like the big resignation, the ageing population eligible for retirement, or the fast-changing methods and procedures, it is important to document this information and process it into valuable training materials. Local L&D departments often struggle with the number of potential trainings and the complexity of the subject matter. So, these organisations leverage the expert knowledge of process operators and offer them a low threshold to create digital training materials.

    Software training

    Many of todays manufacturing tasks involve different hard- and software solutions. So, for any process operator it is vital that training on these procedures is available and up to date. Any digital training material for software training needs to meet two distinct learning needs. First off, it should be able to acquaint newbies to the most common procedures and familiarise them with the basic navigation. Secondly, it must be able to serve as a job aid for more seasoned process operators looking for a refresher of a non-often used procedure.

    Compliance training

    As like many other organisations, manufacturing organisations are bound to a multitude of regulations. To make sure they comply with these regulations they organise recurring compliance training. Organising these via digital learning allows for easier administration by setting certificates with an expiration date that automatically invites employees to re-certify themselves after a certain period.

    The right training in the right place with e-Learning for manufacturing organizations

    “in an organization of this size – where you have 17,000 people who speak ten different languages, have different cultural backgrounds and work in different time zones – it is not easy and self-evident to share knowledge,’ she continues. ‘Specifically for e-Learning, we also found that there is a significant difference in digital maturity between blue-collar and white-collar employees. And people never have time to follow training courses, of course.”

    At the same time, Bridgestone aims to foster and promote knowledge sharing across the organization so that people inspire each other and share best practices. “We found that many countries were developing similare-Learning modules, and we explore initiatives in order to share their best practices.”


    Curious how they go about this? Read the customer case.

    The benefits of FLOWSPARKS e-Learning for manufacturing organizations

    Develop e-Learning quickly and easily yourself

    With FLOWSPARKS you can easily and quickly develop e-Learning in more than 30 languages. The didactic Learning Formats and templates make it possible to digitize their knowledge. This shortens the lead time for developing new modules, everything looks graphically perfect and the information is always accurate. So you achieve more in less time. See here how you can save up to 90% of your time when creating e-Learning.

    More than knowledge transfer

    Learning is not just about knowledge transfer. For a change in practice, you will also need to train skills and attitudes. The FLOWSPARKS authoring tool offers a wide choice of exercises and templates, each with a different learning goal in mind. By using this diversity in your learning program, you ensure that you achieve the desired situation in practice. Also, the digital training courses can be used to prepare for practical sessions

    Results and course management under control

    Create customized programs for individuals or certain job profiles. By giving modules deadlines and setting up blended learning programs, you have the flexibility you are looking for. The reports in the LMS give you insight into individual and group results. This makes you compliant and allows you to meet the demands of manufacturing organizations. In addition, the reports also provide insights for managers or, for example, the HR department of your organization.

    Combining existing courses and customization

    Of course, many digital modules already exist on the topics covered within manufacturing. Therefore, combine self-developed content with existing content from external providers into one complete program. This saves time!

    Generic vs. Customized

    How easy would it be if you could use one module as a basis for other modules? With minor adjustments, a module can also be used immediately for other levels or job profiles. Think of an e-Learning module about privacy and patient data that, with minimal adjustments, is suitable for an engineer as well as a worker or cleaner.

    Reach everyone

    Give everyone within the organization access to specific e-Learning modules or choose to digitize certain procedures into easy-to-learn modules. This is not only sustainable but also ensures that updates are always visible in real-time and you can easily make adjustments yourself.