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WCA Skill Standards Can Develop Your In-house Training Program and Grow Your Skilled Workforce

10. May 2018 10:15

By: Scott Nelson, Woodwork Career Alliance of North America

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) has developed industry based woodworking machine standards for the majority of the machines used in the secondary wood processing industry.   When paired with the manufacturers processes and production floor equipment the development of an in-house training and employee skill level evaluation program is a straight forward exercise.

WCA has training resources to compliment the Skill Standards and to assist companies with the development of their own training programs. Enrolling a company and its employees into the WCA credentialing process, will identify a true Career Path for existing and future employees.

Management must first determine what skills and product knowledge a new employee must obtain in the first 30 days, 60 days and 90 days.  This is extremely important to determine if the new hire has the skills to invest further training before that employee becomes permanent with full benefits.  “This sounds simple enough, but when asked the question most owners really do not have a definite answer nor do they have a written procedure to move the new employee forward,” says Scott Nelson, President of WCA.  

To learn more about this, check out the "Growing Your Skilled Workforce" session at the IWF 2018 Education Conference




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