SOTrain: A new program for training supervisors and operators in Australian sugar factories

Broadfoot, Ross, Godat, Meredith, & Kent, Geoffrey Alan (2015) SOTrain: A new program for training supervisors and operators in Australian sugar factories. In Bruce, Robin C. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd, Bundaberg, Qld, pp. 267-277.

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The provision of effective training of supervisors and operators is essential if sugar factories are to operate profitably and in an environmentally sustainable and safe manner. The benefits of having supervisor and operator staff with a high level of operational skills are reduced stoppages, increased recovery, improved sugar quality, reduced damage to equipment, and reduced OH&S and environmental impacts.

Training of new operators and supervisors in factories has traditionally relied on on-the-job training of the new or inexperienced staff by experienced supervisors and operators, supplemented by courses conducted by contractors such as Sugar Research Institute (SRI). However there is clearly a need for staff to be able to undertake training at any time, drawing on the content of online courses as required.

An improved methodology for the training of factory supervisors and operators has been developed by QUT on behalf of a syndicate of mills. The new methodology provides ‘at factory’ learning via self-paced modules. Importantly, the training resources for each module are designed to support the training programs within sugar factories, thereby establishing a benchmark for training across the sugar industry. The modules include notes, training guides and session plans, guidelines for walkthrough tours of the stations, learning activities, resources such as videos, animations, job aids and competency assessments. The materials are available on the web for registered users in Australian Mills and many activities are best undertaken online. Apart from a few interactive online resources, the materials for each module can also be downloaded. The acronym SOTrain (Supervisor and Operator Training) has been applied to the new training program.

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ID Code: 85675
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Supervisor and operator training, Online training, Sugar factory operations
ISSN: 0726-0822
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd
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Deposited On: 19 Jul 2015 22:54
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 19:18

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