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Employee Training Often Misses the Mark

Imagine if you gave your car keys to your teenager and said “You can figure it out. I have every confidence that you can learn to drive this car. Now go for it – and be careful: That’s a new car.” In many cases, today’s equipment and process technology are more complex than the family car and as complex as a helicopter. Equipment costing millions of dollars with little or no employee training will fail prematurely and cost significantly more than planned just to keep it running. Training is not a cost; it is an investment. Operating and maintaining equipment without employee training is an uncontrollable cost. Why not invest in training?

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