Workplace Essential Skills – Learning on the Job

Workplace Essential Skills – Learning on the Job

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When I’m training people I’m looking for them to be very attentive to the job or the information that we’re giving them. A willingness to learn is always important with it as well. A good attitude, a positive attitude will go a long way and then feedback as well. Somebody that’s asking a lot of questions is usually a good student so you know that they’re learning or they’re wanting to learn to try to take this in. I look for somebody that’s teachable because what we do is not- We call it manufacturing but really it’s custom build. Every truck we build is one-off. You order your truck, we build it, so therefore I can’t hire just anybody and give them a plate of metal and six screws and say put this here. That’s not what it does. You cut the metal, you finish the metal, you drill the holes, you tap the holes and you put the part on so you’re in charge of all of it and if I can’t teach you to do that then I don’t have a job for you. So the first thing that you have to have is adaptability to be able to have an attitude that says I’m willing to learn. When people come here, although they might think like oh, this is just moving packages from point A to point B, there’s more to it. There’s critical skills that they can develop such as critical thinking you know, prioritizing time, making sure that they’re working to punctuality. You really help people develop necessary skills particularly with the young people, develop at a very early age those fundamentals that can take them far in their career path whatever their career path is. I had a lot of people that were willing to train me and help me and I wanted to learn everything there was here so I did and they trained me on everything. We started at the forklift and I just worked my way up.

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