Skill training for the physical staff – PractyLearn

The organisations requiring the most workforce are the manufacturing and assembly plants, which, despite the high unemployment rate, fight with significant lack of workforce and high fluctuation. One of the main reasons is that the employees do not have the practical skill necessary for the position, they are not able to socialise and integrate into the work organisation.

A)  Assessment – evaluation module

In the first phase our labour market re-integration program focuses on assessing the real skill and competence matrix of the individuals at the time of being involved into the program.

The future employees are pre-selected and assessed (intelligence, personality, physical suitability/work capacity, reading/writing skills, monotony tolerance), which is a prior assessment of the existence and developability of the skills necessary for the work stages in the given organisation/position/profession.

“Practylearn” was validated as an assessment tool according to the following principles, which identify the advantages of the assessment system:

  • It provides exact information on the competences to be developed / developable on the demand side of the labour market.
  • It can be used for sectoral and profession group HR benchmarking.
  • It prepares a national register of the available/developable competences.
  • It can be used to filter the persons not developable from the point of view of the labour market.
  • It can provide objective data for resource allocation taking into account the regional differences of the labour market.
  • It can assess the real and assumed hindering factors of employment and identify the necessity of the labour market intervention points.
  • It can provide adequate statistics, information within a short period if time for the given areas (geographical, profession groups).
  • After the first assessment made when joining the system, re-assessment can be made annually to monitor the changes, improvement of the individual. The involvement of one person into more programs does not result in duplication, it allows for the monitoring of the development.
  • The assessment system can process an unlimited number of data elements.
  • It is possible to make regional/county comparisons, or obtain information on the mobilisation possibility of the regionally available workforce.

B) Training / development module

The next phase of the program deals with the development of the future workforce assessed and evaluated from the point of view of labour market.

Labour market advantages of the training module:

  • The focus is on the practical training and the intellectual developing exercises, which are to fix, improve and develop the physical movement of the daily work (g. reduction of reaction time, development of fine-motor skills, development of attention, observing instructions, enhancing endurance and monotony tolerance, development of shape, form and proportion detection and discrimination and depth perception, improving carefulness and precaution, and methodical, precise work performance and practical task understanding).
  • Development of skills important for re-socialisation (basic hygiene knowledge, responsibility, independence, co-dependent work, frustration tolerance, accuracy, stress tolerance, communication skills, conflict management skills, observation of norms and rules, adaptability, cooperation and helpfulness).
  • Reduction of trainee period.
  • The training program operates as a complex system. The new directions of competence development can be defined, which makes it possible to develop and monitor the competences necessary for the tools used by the given organisation.
  • The training program is not carried out on the expensive machinery of the given organisation.
  • After the employees have participated in the training program, the fluctuation is significantly reduced.

Development of the pre-selected people:

  • is supported by continuous data collection, allowing for the analysis of the personal results, and the monitoring of the development process (making reference data);
  • is carried by uniquely developed multifunctional tools (simple, manual – exercises with LEGO blocks, screws and skill developing tools, e.g. hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, short term memory development, practicing the usage of the given tools, handling small parts, balance, patience, endurance, accurate touching of the assembly surface);
  • is carried by the simulation of real work conditions, the software support makes the virtual mapping of work processes similar to the operation of the machinery of the organisation possible;
  • during the training the learning process is not carried out on the expensive machinery of the company owing to the computer simulation.

The continuous development of the simulation tools allows for customised training with tools which are the same as the special tools used by the partner company.