Axion waste processing plant training case study 4 – New operators on an established plastics recycling plant

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Courtesy of Axion Group - Axion Consulting

Training a team of new operators on an established waste polymer processing plant following extensive modifications to the process.

Challenge:

  • Not all of the new machinery had been installed.
  • The separation and refining equipment used complex processing techniques not widely used in the sector.
  • The trainees were new recruits with no prior knowledge of the process

Axion approach:

  • Demonstrate complex theoretical theory with hands-on practical solutions.
  • Re-enforce and repeat content – read, hear, see, say and do.
  • Provide a thorough overview of why the modifications were implemented and the benefits.
  • Conduct final competency assessments to establish trainees’ level of understanding

Results:

  • Training produced a set of confident new starters with a thorough understanding of the process flow and plant machinery operations, as demonstrated by the results of formal competency assessments.
  • Existing operators admitted they did not fully understand the new process following the plant modifications. Training course repeated for the remaining operators and scheduled to ensure continuous operation of the plant.
  • Positive feedback from trainees:
    • “The best part of the course was learning the different parts and practical theory of the machines”
    • “Excellent course and extremely interesting”

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