Can a Beer Machine Help Solve the Knowledge Transfer Crisis?
It’s no secret that U.S. manufacturers are currently facing several serious challenges. And, labor shortages are at the top of the list. Many manufacturers are looking to automate where possible and beef up their recruiting efforts. Attracting and retaining talent is certainly key to the success of any organization. But, most manufacturers are realizing it’s not enough.
The Knowledge Transfer Problem
A report from Deloitte estimates that over 2.5 million Baby Boomers will be retiring from the manufacturing industry over the next decade. Employers need to quickly develop plans for how to retain and transfer that knowledge. If manufacturing companies previously hadn’t been heavily investing in training, they are now. One of the simpler and low cost strategies is deploying a buddy system. Many companies, including Sure Controls, have already begun partnering more experienced workers with their younger counterparts. A formal or informal mentorship program helps younger workers upskill and prepares them to move up within the company.
But perhaps the most important opportunity for upskilling your workforce is creating an in-house education program. Sure University is our answer to closing the skills gap. Sure University offers both online and hands-on curriculum. It helps with cross training, bringing new associates up to speed as well as learning retention for seasoned associates. Coursework includes hardware from current suppliers as well as legacy items. Our engineers and technicians need to be prepared for plants of all ages and set ups. As a result, the coursework reflects that. Sure University content ranges from introduction level courses like Melt Pressure Transducer Basics and Control Basics to more multi-faceted and challenging work.
Promoting talent development and education is a top priority at Sure Controls. And, when learning opportunities happen to involve beer, everyone wins. One of the most popular assets in Sure University is our Beer Machine 2.0. Check out the video to see how it all works.
Sure University is available for both our associates and the associates of our customers and partners. If you would like to learn more, please contact us here.