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For example engineering as well as manufacturing faces huge skills shortages.
Festo run pneumatic and hydraulics courses due to the demand of their customers.
Festo have found that many of their attendees have very limited knowledge of the technology that is used every day in their work place.
These people are normally the ones who will complete the maintenance and repairs. Companies that Festo work with normally embrace the technology however fail to provide the training that is needed to go with it. Festo have been into companies where they have found leaking air due to the fact that the company had not been trained in energy conservation. Due to this skills shortage Festo now tailor their services to individual companies rather than off the shelf courses. Festo carry out a training needs assessment first then they can find out what the company needs and then this allows Festo to meet the customer’s needs and goals.
Festo Didactic have a post-course clinic to help their attendees remember and use what they have learnt. Festo’s post course clinics have been designed to make sure that their attendees can transfer what they have learnt into practise. Without proper guidance it has been proven that people can lose up to half of their knowledge that they have learnt in just weeks after going on the course, unless they can use the skills that they have acquired. Festo’s post-course clinic puts a specialist instructor in the clients workplace approximately six weeks after they have had the training. The attendee is then given the opportunity to talk about the course and any situations that they have found themselves in as well as reviewing the elements of training. Where applicable City & Guilds or other certificates are presented to employees, thereby improving their motivation and commitment.
Festo have an open surgery to allow any one that has been on the course to talk about any issues that they had when transferring their training to where they work. Customers are then also able to have specialist training if they want. The instructor will visit the attendees in their workplace if they would like to show specific applications or situations if they are a challenge to the customer. This is perfect as it allows the customer to have their needs met in real life situations.
The assessment process that Festo use to make sure that it meets its clients’ needs, is that it looks at the technology used, their production process and any targets that their customers have. Festo also look at in detail information on the knowledge of the staff that they will be assessing, a overview of the technology and equipment that is used in production. The potential impact in business objectives and KPI’s. This usually takes 10 days to create over the site visit. Apprentices are key to many businesses. Festo have helped many businesses improve their use of apprentices. Festo worked with Unilever and they decided that they needed to update their apprentice scheme, so they had their apprentices attend their first year full time at West Cheshire College whilst combining hands on learning with the literature. Apprentices were also reviewed throughout their four year learning journey. They are not only reviewed every twelve weeks by they have a quartly line manager review as well as regular feedback from the college, as well as the other engineers that work with them. They have an IDEAL structure that they use for projects that they have.
This looks at the needs of all of the stakeholders. Any project will normally involve a huge range of people that work both inside and outside of the company. Therefore the needs and expectations of everyone involved needs to be looked at otherwise the solution may not happen.
When the identification process has been completed, then the development stage can begin. This stage involves looking at and developing the client’s core skills, knowledge, processes and all of the tools the customer will use in the project, rather than trying to apply a pre conceived textbook solution.
The previous development stage will have tested the concept, assess the results and proven the potential impact of the project. Once this has been done then the full implementation can start.
This is an effective review of the project and gives feedback on project issues and can identify for example coaching and development needs of individuals. By having a feedback loop it allows the project to become self sustaining in the long term. Thereby improving the solution by building confidence and experience.
This stage allows you to show how the new skills and knowledge that you have applied and outlines the impact on the business. This is all about showing the return on the investment. At some companies their apprentices are able to complete specific projects such as achieving energy saving and reducing and reducing product downtime and increasing productivity within the business- this is then reviewed by all of the stakeholders.
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