Preventing Skills Erosion During a Recession

Drew Troyer

Belt tightening is unavoidable during a recession. For a manufacturing company, training is often one of the first things to go – often because it involves travel cost and time out of the office when team headcounts are reduced to skeletal levels. Lubrication training is no exception. The problem is that skills erosion in the maintenance craft negatively affects reliability – so when the economy does finally turn around, we don’t have the manufacturing reliability on tap to take full advantage of the resurging economy. It’s a bit of a quandary, but thanks to modern technology, Noria is here to help.

Noria’s industry-standard Machinery Lubrication and Oil Analysis training programs are available online in self-directed and facilitated forms. With these programs, you can maintain your lube skills AND keep your bottom line in ship-shape condition!

Self-Directed Online Training
Noria’s Machinery Lubrication and Oil Analysis training courses have been recorded and are available for your viewing online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While it lacks the interactive aspects of live training, our self-directed online training option offers you the following advantages:

You can review all of Noria's self-directed online training courses here.

Facilitated On-Line Training
Noria is also pleased to offer facilitated Web-based training. Unlike the self-directed training, the facilitated training is provided live by one of our instructors using conference call lines and Internet-based presentation tools (e.g. Go To Meeting, Webex). This variation of online training is a hybrid between traditional live training and traditional online training. It offers you the following advantages.

For more information about Noria's Facilitated On-line Training call Stacey McCauley at 662-890-9392 or email

Of course, another option is to schedule a live, onsite training course. It offers most of the benefits of live public training, but travel and living costs are limited to those for the instructor. This option offers an attractive cost per student as compared to live training at public venues – assuming, of course, that you have a large enough class size.

Live training has distinct advantages, but self-directed and facilitated online training offer some very unique advantages, too. During recessionary economic times, the advantages of online training are very compelling and may offer your best chance of avoiding skill regression.