Thank you for your Viewpoint column in the Oct. 20 issue regarding worker training (“Take part in, shape SPI worker training,” Page 6). You are correct in stating that “few issues are more important to the long-term health of any company.”
The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. should be commended for its efforts. Although there have been bumps in the road, its commitment to developing a standardized training program (the National Certification in Plastics) is a giant step in the right direction. Issues such as what the best delivery method is for training (Internet, live instruction, etc.) will work themselves out. New technologies exist that make it much cheaper and easier for processors to train their workers.
I do have issue with one statement in your editorial: “And with survival at stake for many processors, training has slipped to the back burner.” My experience is that forward-thinking companies have not put less of a priority on training their workers; in fact, the opposite is true.
The best companies realize that with better-trained workers they will succeed and prosper, and gain a competitive advantage. Good training practices are the key to improving American manufacturing.