The food and beverages industry braces to be high on training.
“Because of the economic conditions and the narrow margins, you can’t actually afford to have your key plant operators out of the factory for three days.”, Colin Felder, Technical & Regulatory Manager at the Australian Beverages Council, quoted in his interview with Food Magazine.
What does this sound like? The Australian Beverages Council identified a need for a training course which covered the beverage supply chain and introduced the integrated regulatory, quality and safety programs of the beverage industry in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. However, the real challenge was to identify an optimized way to deliver the training and measure the result thereof.
Online training is seen as a promising tool that can be used to deliver customized and effective training. Further Food Magazine reports that Felder found a lot of the attendees for the 2014 Manufacturing Beverages One course were plant operators, or freshers coming out of the packaging industry and did not have an in-depth understanding of beverages manufacturing.
Freshers do not understand the quality assurance, packaging and legislative roles that are needed to have a good understanding of the complete industry.” The Australian Beverages Council is developing an online training curriculum that will offered as part of the onboarding and orientation training in 2015.
The leaders in the food and beverages are confident of the return on investment on elearning (online training) as a strategic solution to improve employee productivity.