Implementing an enterprise resource planning solution is a greatly important part of any business. This is especially the case when given the amount of time and money that needs to be invested in order to ensure a successful and smooth transition. However, even a Microsoft Dynamics implementation doesn't just involve the matter of installing the software, but also the business processes needed to ensure its continued use long after integration is complete. That includes developing proper ways for new employees to learn the program. In manufacturing, this takes on a particular importance when it comes to using apprentices, a critical feature of the industry that has become more important in recent years.

Filling the void
The massive generational shift of workers that is currently under way in the American manufacturing sector is leaving far too many openings. A large number of people working on the factory floor are baby boomers who have held on to factory work and are expected to retire in the coming decade or so. While Generation X has filled some roles in the business, it's the millennials that are supposed to replace the sheer number of workers exiting the workforce. However, the problem is a combination of factors have made manufacturing unappealing to this younger generation, while the over-specialization of several key roles have made people somewhat irreplaceable, as well as difficult to hire.

Apprenticeships, as the Pittsburgh news site TribLive noted, provide an avenue from which this problem is solved. With an increasing demand of [for?] jobs that need specific skills, apprenticeships present people with opportunities to work in these fields without having to go through the rigors of college. While being taught all the important parts of working a specific trade such as manufacturing, an apprentice can learn critical skills such as math, science, technical instruction and reading. More importantly, this education is specific to the job, rather than in broad strokes like in college.

ERP plays an important role in all of this. With materials and orders having necessary specifications, this sort of software has a lot of important configurations and routines that a person has to learn. A factory apprentice who spends time understanding platforms such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 will be able to become adept at this systems, which can benefit him or her when the apprenticeship is complete. These skills can be used in other factor jobs, not just specialized positions.

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