In-Plant Training: A Cost-Effective Solution. The Browns Bay Packing Company Experience

It is common knowledge that providing training to both employers and employees benefits our industry at several levels, including the quality of our workforce and products. In this two-part series we will discuss how in-plant training can be cost-effective and how easy it is to implement. If you meet the following criteria you could qualify to become an accredited NSSC training instructor.

· Did you take the NSSC’s Instructional Techniques course, or can you demonstrate that you have successfully completed a similar course?

· Do you have additional training and experience in the subject being taught?

· Do you have industry knowledge and experience?

If you answered yes to the above questions, pick up the phone and call us now. That’s what Jonathan Slattery did and he is now an accredited NSSC training instructor.

Jonathan an employee of the Browns Bay Packing Company in Campbell River, BC, met all the criteria and is now equipped to deliver many NSSC courses as his plant.

Jonathan has been an instructor in the seafood processing industry for the last four years, and in his opinion we have a prosperous sector consisting of many specialized areas that require formal training. Formal training represents an opportunity for employees to learn about and keep on top of new trends as they emerge in the industry. It also allows seafood processing workers to add knowledge and skills to the hands-on training they have already received.

If you look at in-plant training you will quickly realize that it is a cost-effective solution. “The cost of bringing in instructors or sending employees out of town is just not realistic,” says Jonathan, “specially if it has to be done on a semi-regular basis. In-plant training has been very cost-effective for us, mainly because we are using our own facilities for course delivery. We also see cost savings resulting from fewer accidents and fewer issues related to quality control, which of course have a direct relation to production. Well-informed and well-trained workers have a greater sense of responsibility and ownership because they understand why things are done the way they are.”

Jonathan has noticed many other advantages of in-plant training. It helps to create a team atmosphere, for example, because everybody is learning the same thing at the same time. In addition, the courses are usually plant-specific, and since they are delivered on-site they are truly accessible to employees.

If you would like to find out more about the NSSC’s In-plant Training Program, call and you could soon be implementing your own in-plant training program.

In the next issue of The Seafood Trainer we will follow Jonathan as he implements his first NSSC course. Jonathan will be sharing his experiences as an instructor and we will also be highlighting the experiences and points of view of his students.

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