Using OJT to educate its manufacturing workers.

Contact: Fred T. Rose, Group Leader Learning
Abbott Vascular
26531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA 92591
ETP Funding $1.5 Million

Abbott Vascular is uniquely focused on advancing the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical devices innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education. The manufacture of AV’s products is a highly exacting and complex process due in part to strict regulatory requirements imposed by the FDA and other international/domestic regulatory bodies. To be successful, AV must have an experienced, well trained workforce that can understand and follow specific quality protocols and manufacturing procedures, work efficiently, and contribute to the high work standards required by the industry.

AV will train employees in a spectrum of skills that include advanced technology, manufacturing, continuous improvement, business, management, and computer skills. What’s unique about this agreement is that Abbott Vascular will deliver Productive Laboratory training to its front line manufacturing workforce in California to ensure that employees acquire the critical manufacturing skills needed to perform their jobs at a quality standard acceptable by the FDA. Only front-line manufacturing employees working as technicians and operators who directly interface with a new and/or improved manufacturing process will attend productive lab training. Productive lab training will provide manufacturing employees cross-training opportunities on the many production lines/procedures available on our production floor.

The FDA requires that knowledge and skills of AV’s manufacturing workers rise commensurately with all new and/or improved manufacturing standards. Rather than create live classroom training sessions for each new standard, Abbott Vascular is using productive lab training as the most logical alternative to deliver the substantial quantity of critical manufacturing skills to front-line manufacturing workers. Trainees will work in Santa Clara, Redwood City, or Temecula.

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