JJ Precision Plastics (JJ PP), a world-class Injection Moulding Operation, knows that skills development is part of creating and implementing a continuous improvement culture, which (they believe) is core to maintaining their world-class status. This meant becoming a Learning Organisation, a process rife with challenges, most of which have now become opportunities with the range of online interactive training from USA's Routsis Training.
For most organisations one of the biggest barriers to training is getting staff out of the workplace and into the training rooms, simply because resources are so limited.
Added to this is the growing need for businesses to retain and uplift employees through consistent improvement and investment initiatives. Training needs to support this by fitting in with the individual's training time and allowing them to progress at their own pace, while not negatively impacting the organisation's workflow and needs.
Employee availability, production workflow management and continuous development and training that supports these elements are just a few of the reasons why JJPP, part of the Astrapak group, started using the World-renowned Interactive Online Training by Routsis Training. JJPP were searching for a way to upgrade their training approach: "Routsis Training offered easily accessible Online Interactive Training that is internationally accredited [and deals with a Scientific Moulding approach]" noted JJPP Asset Care Manager, Hardus Burger, "employees could train during working time and we could still benefit from having them in-house when the need arose."
Routsis Training provides easily accessible online training, and ensures that learners get maximum benefit by fully engaging them in a hands on, and interactive way, through superior graphics, clear audio, and in-depth footage of plastics manufacturing processes. Burger describes their scenario: "Setters seemed to rely on the shotgun approach to fault finding and setting up new moulds or even repeat moulds.
We wanted to see that the setters go back to getting the basics done right and use Scientific Moulding procedures in setting up moulds and doing fault finding. We also wanted to create one standard in the operation." Not only are common issues during mould commissioning highlighted early on but there is a beneficial impact on employee morale too: "Setters are talking the same language and are able to assist each other. The candidates are very positive and discuss their learning openly with each other" discloses Burger. "They could quite easily go to a machine to confirm something that was learned and get back to the course without losing any time," he adds.
Routsis Training is at the forefront of Technical Plastics Training, worldwide, and is represented and supported in Africa by Productive Services who have specialised in providing Face-to-Face and Shopfloor training for more than 20 years.
Jorge Silva, Managing Director at Productive Services, notes that the success that JJPP has seen from the Online Interactive training is really only the start of the journey: "I am certain that their workforce will continue to achieve much more effective production through this training method, and we intend to ensure that, by supporting them all the way."
"The situation at JJPP is not unique: this solution can benefit any organisation willing to step away from traditional solutions and into the world of Online Interactive plastics training," says Jorge. "It can seem daunting at first but our focus is on supporting our clients each step of the process from needs assessment to employee selection, course selection and technical support.
In Africa, this Online training has already helped people acquire skills in plastics in Uganda, Zambia, Sierra Leone and others, so there is absolutely no reason why that can't be done anywhere in South Africa." There is no doubt that the impact of effective training on the workplace, the workflow and on employee morale is always positive, and now this can be easily achieved without the risk and cost of removing a vital employee from the production environment.