Train them so they can leave …

Dieter Adam – 15 November 2023

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to” – David Branson (2014).

As manufacturing technologies change, including the introduction of much more digital connectivity, manufacturers and workers will benefit from targeted training for the existing workforce. It will make workers feel more comfortable and become more productive operating in the new environment.

As some of you will know, we have been active in raising the digital skills of the current manufacturing workforce in New Zealand since 2018. In that, we’ve enjoyed working closely with our key partners LMAC and The Learning Wave, and the support from Competenz / Hanga-Aro-Rau (Workforce Development Council for Manufacturing).

First cab off the rank was a foundation course called Digital Skills for Manufacturing, developed with our partners and available for delivery as a micro—credential ( ).

The next step up, and much more in-depth as an introduction to Industry 4.0 principles and technologies, we worked with LMAC and The Learning Wave to develop this training course for front-line leaders in manufacturing:

The course is now available for immediate delivery, but the formal accreditation is still a work-in-progress. To help us push this along, it would be great if you could express your support for the course in a survey (industry consultation) Hanga-Aro-Rau has to conduct:

Once the process has been completed, the new course will be available early next year as a Level-3 micro-credential with 15 credits.

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