Skills retention is one of the major issues in the United States. Turnover of staff, natural career progression, and basic needs of businesses carrying out nondestructive testing affect the skills base. For most businesses, skills retention is also a bottom line issue. Replacing staff can be expensive, and the downtime created by not having enough people to do your testing is also very much an acquired taste.
Best practice, naturally, is to have in place a good training scheme, and a management plan to deal with skills retention issues. That’s easier said than done. In practice, you need formally certified people to carry out your nondestructive testing, you need the skills base to manage documentation, and you may also need to jump through a few groups in terms of types of testing.
The easiest way to manage, plan, and implement nondestructive testing skills retention is to engage a professional nondestructive testing and training service. Note the use of the word “training”. Training and skills retention are inseparable. You can upgrade existing skills, and have in place a training scheme to manage new trainees. You can also use expert consultants to help you manage in-house issues, and sort out the inevitable problems that arise when you need to manage a workload and quality issues simultaneously.
A good example of this type of services is a company called Larson NDT Level III Services and Training, LLC. This is one of the leading services of its type in the United States, and is best described as a one stop shop combination of consultancy and problem solving services.
A brief overview of their services:
• Training services – They conduct training across a broad range of different types of nondestructive testing to certification level.
• Compliance – They can provide any services required regarding compliance issues, including auditing.
• Documentation – They offer a range of services for managing documentation to formal standards.
• Nondestructive testing services – They provide these services as required.
If you’re getting the impression that they can provide the expertise you need to manage staff retention, upgrading skills, and provide the expert advice you need regarding managing your training, you’re quite right. For more information and a full description of their services, visit their website here at www.larsonndeservices.com.