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Survey reveals lack of training is biggest obstacle to quality

March 21, 2014

An overwhelming majority of employees reveal that they wish their companies offered more technical training opportunities.

According to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey, released by Seminars for Engineers, lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today. Twenty seven percent of respondents cited lack of training, 20% cited outmoded equipment, 16% cited poor quality control and 14% cited company morale.  

While 89% said their company offers opportunities to attend technical or engineering-related seminars/workshops, 81% said they wished their companies offered more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops.  More/better training would result in improved productivity, according to respondents 34%, fewer defects in manufacturing 27%, better morale 20% and greater satisfaction with management (20%).

In-person seminars continue to be the most common format offered for seminars/workshops 54%.  Online/webinars are the training format for 46% of respondents. When asked which seminar/workshop format was more valuable, 64% said “in-person seminars,” 27% said “about the same”, and only 9% preferred the online/webinar. Eighty-Seven percent of respondents said they would or might benefit from technical seminars/workshops held on-site at their company by outside subject-matter experts. Only 10% said they had all the expertise they needed to conduct their own seminars. Employee technicians/engineers with 1-9 years experience would benefit most from technical seminars/workshops, according to the survey’s participants. The complete report is available for download here.

“We undertook this survey to define how technical industry professionals are learning about new technologies, discovering new manufacturing processes and staying up-to-date on industry trends and developments,” says Dov Schechter, Director of Technical Seminars.. “We look forward to probing some of the answers in the future and having this survey updated over the years to serve as a benchmark for the industry.”
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