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Monday, February 29, 2016

Ongoing Training

Last week, I attended a conference where several C-level people spoke. One of the common themes was training and the need for talented people.

Color Touch training session in Thailand (2013)
I have also heard several times in the last few years that International Paper (which employs 65,000) is expecting 50% of their workforce to retire in the next 10 years.  In an effort to change some of these trends, Green Bay Packaging spent US$2 million in 2009 to open an Area Career and Technical Center for training existing employees for future opportunities and for those wishing to join Green Bay Packaging.

This means there are many opportunities for people currently in the workforce and those looking for a career.  However, training is not just a one-time experience.  These discussions reminded me of the importance of ongoing training. Many times we are exposed to certain applications or areas of knowledge an lose some of it (or ALL of it) over time when we don't come across that opportunity for a while. In other cases, we just don't know what we don't know.

Training can come in the form of conversation, reading, video, seminar and even searching the web.  An update, refresher or training outside our area of expertise can often lead to a new level of understanding and knowledge.  This is especially true when we receive training in a group setting. People with a different perspective or area of interest will ask questions that we would not otherwise be exposed to.

As Albert Einstein said, "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death."

What kind of training/learning do you prefer?

  1. Conversation
  2. Reading
  3. Video
  4. Seminar
  5. Web search
  6. - Other -

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