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Training Department Structure at Manufacturing Organizations

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I'm doing some research for a large manufacturing client of mine about how they might structure their training department(s). Right now, technical, IT and safety training lives outside of the Human Resources training function, but they are looking for guidance on how these groups can best coexist and/or collaborate. 

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If you train at a manufacturing company, how are your training departments set up? Does technical training report up through HR's training? What about safety training? Are software rollouts considered part of the responsibilities of the HR-led training team? 

Any feedback is appreciated!  

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HI Megan, I work for a global manufacturing company who must maintain certain ISO certifications. We keep separate required training and professional development training. It is a combination of Quality, Line Manager and HR responsibilities.
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Hi Megan. I am Training coordinator of some companies in Brazil. Most companies have their own corporate training model. From this core structure, some independent and specific ramifications have emerged to meet the needs of each department.
One of HR's functions is to track the completion and effectiveness of these trainings. Safety trainings mostly come to meet government standards and laws. The Security Department is free to design these trainings, but they always have support from HR.
Thank you, Paulo!
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Hi Megan! I am a training coordinator for an internationally diverse company with over 5000+ employees. Each site tries to adhere to a similar structure when it comes to training departments: IT training reports to IT, but is tracked by HR, safety training lives in the realm of EHS, but is again tracked by HR. Our technical training is the only department that is stand alone, but we employee training coordinators (such as myself) to ensure training is delivered, recorded, and tracked.
Very cool. Thank you, CaRin!
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