What does it take to create training that will still be relevant for generations to come? I believe that one can say that there are a couple of things that must take place before this can come about. First, there must be a climate or a strong desire within an industry to improve. Some experts dismiss this idea because why would an industry not want to improve? Yet the truth is that we all get stuck in the way we are doing things and don’t see a need to improve. This is a rut that is hard to get out of and an assumption that can cause many issues. A changing of mind set is required. As easy as this would seem, it can be a daunting task to change the current culture.
Second, there must be resources committed to this culture change. This is a hard thing to accomplish when you consider that all these members in an industry are opponents as well. In close competition, that one wrong expenditure can have far reaching consequences. In order to develop and put into place tried and true training skills that really work, all members must work as a team.
Some say competition between members is the way to accomplish this as well as get lots of other things done and in most instances this is true. But the truth is when competition is too vicious, then it is imbalanced. Too much competition, as with too much of anything, is a bad thing. In this case, only an imposing force can turn the momentum of competition and take it in another direction.
This was the case in 1939 when the U. S. Government through the Department of Defense worked within industry to do this. By directing millions of dollars and government organized efforts within industry to improve the manufacturing industry, we had the birth of Training Within Industry (TWI).
The TWI Program was the difference in World War II and in the 1950’s and 60’s. This tried and true program is as much needed today as it was in 1939 and would serve us well today as it did then. These programs worked well because they invested in both individuals and industry. The TWI program is irrelevant to the ups and downs of the economy as its training systems was created in hard times and was successful and works in good time as well.
TWI was created to jump start a depressed world. It was highly effective in doing so as it was created during and for an upside down economy. TWI training skills was highly successful and many companies still use it. Now we have such economic conditions that can be compared to The Great Depression. Training Within Industry offers tried and true training skills that were geared just for these times. Could it be that their time has come again?