Episode 2

How to Train Augmented Workers


February 15th, 2021

28 mins 43 secs

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About this Episode

Augmented reveals the stories behind the new era of industrial operations, where technology will restore the agility of frontline workers. In episode 2 of the podcast, the topic is how to train augmented workers. Our guest is Elisa Roth, doctoral student at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge in the UK, a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

In this conversation, we talk about what industrial augmentation is and what industry 4.0 is. We discuss the training challenge in industrial operations, specifically the need to go beyond the traditional approach of formal training, apprenticeships, and on-the-job observation. I get her take on emerging training needs, what are the exact industry 4.0 skills we should be teaching? How to teach it and scale the teaching? Advice on how to learn and design learning journeys. Lastly, we discuss future developments: where is the manufacturing industry heading?

Trond's takeaway: Training augmented workers will have to happen in a much more streamlined way than previous training efforts. As Elisa Roth points out, first off, the organization needs to be on board with its workers integrating training into their workday. There is a lot of training available, but it might be of various quality, it might be hard to find exactly when you need it, and it may be hard to verify and get credit for informal learning. In short, it is going to require trust, as well.

After listening to this episode, check out the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge in the UK, the Global Shaper Program by the World Economic Forum, as well as Elisa Roth's online profile:

  • The Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge in the UK: https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/
  • The Global Shaper Community by the World Economic Forum: https://www.globalshapers.org/
  • Elisa Roth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisa-roth/

Augmented is a podcast for leaders in the manufacturing industry hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, presented by Tulip.co, the manufacturing app platform, and associated with MFG.works, the open learning community launched at the World Economic Forum. Our intro and outro music is The Arrival by Evgeny Bardyuzha (@evgenybardyuzha), licensed by @Art_list_io. The show can be found at http://www.augmentedpodcast.co/

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