In many industry sectors, business success and continued growth is being hampered by skills shortages, particularly mechanical and electrical engineers, or by companies not investing in relevant training for their employees. In spite of this, most nationally recognised, accredited engineering training courses tend to take a ‘broad brush’ approach in terms of course content, with very little (relevant) practical assessment to gauge whether the delegates are competent at the end of the course.There is often a disjoint too, between what is taught and what the delegates are actually doing on a day-to-day basis in the workplace. As a company, we recognised this issue around 20 years ago and began to develop our own training courses that were more focused on the needs of the engineering employers.A certificate of competence or attendance?Tech Training has been providing hands-on, tailored mechanical, electrical and instrumentation training to UK industry for more than 30 years. In the first 10 years, we kept hearing engineering directors and training managers saying the same thing (and still do!): “I have a pile of staff training course certificates here, but I’m unsure which ones are actually competent and confident in that discipline?” Often, employers felt that a training certificate simply represented a “proof of attendance” and was no guarantee of staff competence.
Read the full article in the January 2020 issue of PBSI
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