by Desiree Schnoor
Many industries are finding a solution to employing more people, and are opening their doors wide to more viable options for new hires. In fact, last year, 50% of people who got hired, don’t have a college degree. This isn’t just talking about jobs not typically requiring a degree. For even advanced manufacturing positions, employers have sought and found other ways of making candidates qualified besides the degrees they hold. Large Fortune 100 companies such as IBM and Lockheed Martin are re-thinking their hiring qualifications by engaging in community college collaborations and apprenticeship and vocational training programs- essentially producing many job ready candidates. Traditional terms like “white” and “blue” collar positions are being replaced with what is known as “new collar”- those positions not requiring the traditional college path and degree, but more practical, vocational training, specific to certain tasks.
However, methods like this are slow in coming for many in the manufacturing industry. And for a typical small to medium manufacturing company, expansive, expensive and long-standing training or apprenticeship programs are usually not practical. But what big companies are achieving with a lot of money and a lot of time can be achieved by the rest of us with Video Work Instructions.
Video Work Instructions are an affordable way to get many of the same results that large companies do, short-cutting most of the cost, outsourcing and effort. With video, training time is drastically reduced because a video of an expert technician completing a task can be dispersed to all your new hires at once, freeing up your experts to do other things. Now your new hires can perform tasks like experts in a matter of hours, and you can seamlessly cross train on new tasks. Even people with no manufacturing experience can train quickly and effectively with video.
Desiree Schnoor holds degrees in psychology and public health. Her interests lie broadly in health and well being. She spends the majority of her efforts and love on her husband and four children. She has used her communication skills in health education and promotion for a large wellness corporation, as well as starting a women's mentoring program. She is utilizing her skill set at Virtual QE to convey the "quality of life" aspects of quality engineering.