The problem is the leakage of knowledge. As people leave, they take their knowledge with them, and until now there hasn’t really been an effective way to keep that knowledge within the plant or the company.
to train staff on a new upgrade
Megatrends such as the aging workforce are putting increased pressure on industrial companies and their training programs. With as many as half of industrial plant personnel due to retire within the next five years, fast knowledge transfer has become critical and building a pipeline of new talent into the industry has become a necessity.
On average, it takes 12 months to train staff after a technological upgrade. This type of delay leads to 65% of workers feeling held back by outdated and rigid work styles.
Many studies on millennials show that they are looking for more experiential learning. This is perhaps not surprising, given that they — and the generations following them — grew up in a digital age. Honeywell not only identified the need to develop training that would attract the kind of new talent their customers were looking for, but also the need to capture the knowledge from decades spent inside the plants.
Honeywell built the AR/VR-enabled Connected Plant Immersive Competency Solution, which delivers an innovative and effective learning method for upskilling the current workforce, decreasing training time and increasing safety. Through a partnership with Gilmore College, they were able to bring this experience and real-life simulations straight to the students, building a strong, sustainable pipeline for the future workforce.
Learning a Universal Trade
Honeywell is meeting the next wave of the workforce where they are.
Honeywell has partnered with Gilmore College’s Peron Training Centre on a program delivering a Certificate II in Process Plant Operations to students. This selective program includes a plant simulation laboratory, chemistry laboratory, and workshop that provides students access to the types of skills and trades that are needed now and in the future – universal trades that you can take all over the world.
Using Honeywell’s solution in their simulation labs, Gilmore students are able to learn using realistic, dynamic models of industrial processes combined with structured curriculum. Being able to learn and practice on a virtual operation, students gain a real understanding of modern process plant operations and gain experience using cutting-edge technology. This experience nurture’s the talent today to power the future workforce.