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Economic Development & Growth through Education

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ow does a company train new hires while the manufacturing facility is still under

construction?

In 2012, Continental Tire began hiring new employees for its start-up facility in Sumter,

SC. The only problem – the plant was still under construction. How could the company give

potential new employees a taste of what it is like to work for a tire company if the facility

wasn’t even finished yet?

Enter readySC

, which collaborated with Continental

Tire to develop an innovative training simulation that

combined technology with a physical re-creation of a

tire production environment. Designed by readySC to

meet the unique needs of a start-up facility, the pro-

gram helped trainees learn in a simulated industrial

environment while the Continental site was under

construction.

Following a discovery visit to one of Continental’s

established facilities, readySC began brainstorming how

an iPad application might be used to replicate the tire

inspection department for training purposes. The result-

ing application that was developed included a wireless

Bluetooth scanning device similar to the one used in the

work environment. The iPad application and scanner

were used during pre-employment training to gauge the

trainee’s knowledge and understanding of tires and the

inspection process. It also provided a unique self-selec-

tion means to measure a person’s desire and endurance

in handling tires for an extended period of time.

Pre-employment training began in a classroom at the

local technical college. In this environment, trainees

learned about tire manufacturing in general and specifi-

cally about Continental’s strong emphasis on safety.

Trainees then moved to a training lab designed to repli-

cate the inspection area at Continental. In this training

bay, participants began a hands-on inspection simula-

tion. Each station in the training bay was equipped

with tire racks, manual turntables and an iPad. Using

the iPad connected via Bluetooth to a barcode scan-

ner, trainees entered information about the tire into a

specially designed software application. As part of the

training, participants inspected a rack of tires following

a prescribed simulation cycle.

During two 50-minute practice sessions, instructors

interacted closely with trainees to answer any ques-

tions. Meanwhile, with the help of the iPad, participants

received real-time feedback about their progress. After

the inspection simulation, trainees completed a 20-min-

ute comprehension test. At the end of each session, the

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