The manufacturing sector is an industry that is wide and diverse, meaning that business standards, organisational values and cultural contexts are always changing.
To keep up with industry and specific business developments, all company employees from the CEO to production workers need to possess the relevant commercial skills to ensure that workers have sufficient knowledge regarding the business they represent. Experiential training methods are designed to give all workers in manufacturing training access to these skills, enabling them to put them into practice in the workplace.
Manufacturing business simulations
Experiential training simulations are specially made to match the business goals and model of a company. Especially in the manufacturing sector, where there are many roles and requirements to be considered, knowing the ins and outs of the business is vital.
Experiential simulations also allow workers to engage with situations they would face in the workplace in a safe, controlled environment where mistakes can be made and learnt from. Allowing participants to set up, manage and grow a business as part of a simulation reflected on their business model means they get a first-hand challenging experience of the necessary commercial skills required, as opposed to just being given the information.
Impact on manufacturing training
The positive impact of experiential training methods allows employees at a company to merge together in line with a succinct vision – with a combined understanding of how the business runs, thus making it more successful.
Manufacturing workers can feel more comfortable developing their commercial skills using experiential training methods as they are able to be more flexible in how they learn. With digital sources and simulations widely available to employees, individuals are able to gain commercial awareness in a pressure-free environment and at their own pace.
Workers can make decisions during simulations that will have no consequences to be able to test whether or not they’ll benefit the business. Without a controlled manufacturing training environment like this, employees could potentially make decisions misaligned with the commercial interests of the company, with detrimental effects.
Accelerated Commercial Awareness
Employees are more likely to retain information gained from experiential training methods compared to traditional methods. When faced with a real manufacturing scenario, workers will be able to draw on the commercial skills they learned during a similar, if not identical situation as part of a training simulation.
In an industry like manufacturing where a majority of workers are highly skilled in physical activity, an experiential method of learning is the most suitable way of gaining the commercial skills for all involved in the progression of a company. MDA’s manufacturing training methods are designed to ensure your workforce has a clear understanding of how to apply their new knowledge in everyday situations.