Manufacturing Skills

Manufacturing organizations are operating under increasing pressures due to supply chain disruptions, technology advancements, skill and talent shortages, and changing consumer preferences. Establishing organizational resiliency is key in this dynamic smart manufacturing environment. Resiliency begins with a comprehensive understanding of workforce skills and capability. 

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Resources to develop standardized manufacturing skills assessments

Skills Matrix Guide & Template

Develop, prioritize, standardize, and digitize a comprehensive skills framework that fully meets the needs of your business and helps your organization achieve better operational outcomes. 


Operational Skills Management Report

Learn why operational skills management is an essential business imperative for organizations striving to stay competitive and adaptable in the dynamic manufacturing industry.


Manufacturing Data Sheet

Identify talent, build qualified teams, ensure knowledge transfer, train and develop talent strategically, plan for the future of work, and retain employees with Kahuna's skills management platform. 

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The Connected Worker: Tracking and Developing Skills on the Plant Floor

In manufacturing, much of employee onboarding and training is done on the plant floor. Kahuna enables individuals throughout the organization to use real-time skills data to ensure the workforce is doing the right on-the-job training, operating with the right skills at the right time, and increasing productivity, safety, and quality. 

Build robust manufacturing training programs informed by skills data

As organizations look to tackle Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing initiatives, they're promised: 

  • Higher Efficiency and Productivity
  • Better Flexibility and Agility
  • Increased Profitability

But to enable these outcomes, a high-functioning training and development program is essential. Use Kahuna's skills and training capability matrix to determine organizational readiness for Industry 4.0 initiatives.

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Frequently asked questions about manufacturing skills management

What is manufacturing skills and competency management?

Manufacturing skills and competency management is the business process of identifying critical skills, assessing organizational capability, and developing the workforce to meet dynamic industry demands and strategic business goals.

What are the benefits of skills and competency management in manufacturing?

Manufacturing skills management enables manufacturing organizations to meet fluctuating demand for talent, reduce and control cost of poor quality, minimize the threats of future disruptions, diminish risk and impacts associated with HSE incidents, and mitigate non-compliance risk.

What is effective training in manufacturing?

Effective training gives employees the knowledge, skills, experiences, and capabilities they need to perform their roles efficiently and in line with safety and quality standards.

How does skills management enable effective training?

Skills and competency management provides validated skills data to employees and managers at every level in the organization, from the factory floor to the C-Suite. These skill insights enable leaders to: 

  • Analyze and understand workforce skill gaps.
  • Ensure a sufficient supply of qualified trainers.
  • Access readily available training materials.
  • Verify the knowledge and experience of employees.
  • Plan for current and future disruptions with qualified and skilled teams.

What is Industry 4.0 or smart manufacturing?

Industry.4.0, also called smart manufacturing, is the advancement of technology and digital transformations within manufacturing. These advancements impact manufacturing processes and procedures, quality metrics, workforce skills, training and development needs, and more.

What are the benefits of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing?

Benefits of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing include: 

  • Higher efficiency and productivity with more streamlined supply chain operations, and seamless communication between digital systems and the personnel operating them.
  • Better flexibility and agility through improved organizational and workforce capabilities, and competitive advantage.
  • Increased profitability and lower costs associated with trade, transportation, and logistics, and new market growth opportunities. 

Skills Management Sample RFP

Searching for the right manufacturing skills assessment platform can be tricky. Use our Skills Management RFP to efficiently create a software proposal and get answers to your most important questions.

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