During a recent on-site visit, I was asked this question…
Does everyone need to go through hands-on training?
Structured and customized training can provide an extensive amount of important information… but it does not replace hands-on experience. For this reason, anyone working on the production floor should be involved with some degree of focused, hands-on, instruction.
Training should be used to teach the concepts followed up by focused hands-on instruction to relate the training to the workplace.
Those who do not work on the production floor, such as managers, will also benefit from the experience… though I understand it is very difficult to get such people to participate.