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Survey says lack of training is largest obstacle to manufacturing quality success

Seminars for Engineers’ survey shows that 81% of respondents seek more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops.

Seminars for Engineers’ survey shows that 81% of respondents seek more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops.
Seminars for Engineers’ survey shows that 81% of respondents seek more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops.

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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. Cited by 27% of respondents, lack of training was followed by outmoded equipment (20%), poor quality control (16%), and company morale (14%).  

Although 89% of respondents 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 34% of respondents, 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, according to 54% of respondents. 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,” while 9% preferred the online/webinar.

Nearly nine in 10 (87%) 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.”
Founded in 2003, Seminars for Engineers LLC provides the global industrial engineering community access to relevant, often elusive technical expertise through training courses on topics including packaging and labeling, web handling and concerting, and composite materials testing.

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