How would you feel about finding yourself in the hands of an untrained person when you need dental treatment or a complicated medical procedure? Most likely, you would have very serious doubts about the success of the end result, not to mention the unpleasant experience you would have getting there.
Don’t Cut Costs by Using Untrained Workers
Why, then, is using untrained people in other industries frequently considered to be acceptable as a cost-cutting measure? Untrained means unqualified and inexperienced, but still some companies persist with this recruitment strategy without considering the implications for safety or productivity.
None of this is the fault of the untrained worker, by the way. People want to work to improve their lifestyle and gain skills to further their career prospects. The fault is with the companies that place them in roles they are unable to handle, without offering them the training they need to be competent at what they are required to do.
Work Accidents More Likely to Involve Untrained Workers
Not only does this attitude rob the person of an opportunity to learn new skills and be an asset to the business, but it also diminishes the skills base of the whole industry. It also exposes the worker and the company to enormous safety risks. A major work accident almost always causes significant production delays, damaged equipment and, worst of all, injury or even death to the hapless worker, work colleagues or even members of the public.
We feel very strongly about this at Reay Services Group. Our business is based on fair dealing, employing qualified and experienced staff, having efficient quality and safety systems in place and always keeping the needs of our clients in mind in any of our processes.
Time Spent Training is Production Time Saved
We do not support the counter argument that taking the time to train workers is not productive. Untrained workers might be able to start work immediately, but they take up the time of supervisors and their work colleagues, asking questions, seeking advice and spending time looking for tools and equipment when, with a little instruction, they could have been doing the job.
Give a Person an Opportunity and be Repaid in Kind
Another old argument against providing on-the-job training is that the workers, once they have the skills they need, can then look around for a better job somewhere else. Statistics do not support this argument at all. In fact, most people who have been offered a chance to learn something new by their employer repay them with loyalty, a solid work ethic and speak well of the company outside of work.
Many employers have similar views to ours, and it is these employers who are providing opportunities and training that will keep a skilled workforce in the industry and help build its future. The others are opportunists who will fall by the wayside when times are tough.