Case Study

Learning Analytics to Drive Data-Driven Decision Making

How Boston Whaler Leverages Training Software in Manufacturing

For more than 60 years, Boston Whaler, a division of the Brunswick Corporation, has engineered the most reliable and innovative boats on the market. Today, they continue to push the boundaries with boats designed to be unsinkable and patented innovations that bring unparalleled luxury and practicality to boating.

  • Industry:

    Manufacturing

  • Objective:

    Leverage training to double capacity.

  • Result:

    Training is now a distinct competitive advantage.

 

Upskill Strategies for Manufacturing: Overcoming the Skills Gap

New jobs in manufacturing are opening at an exponential rate, and the skills gap is vast. In-person knowledge transfer, new learning environments, and dynamic skill sets that prioritize both blue-collar training and tech-savviness will play a critical role in preparing future manufacturing workers to impact business growth. Managing training against this worker preparedness is a tall order. Boston Whaler experienced some of these dynamics early and came to Administrate seeking a solution to their onboarding challenges.

The Challenges

Talent Retention: With 6-12 new employees being onboarded weekly, retaining their best talent was imperative, and they didn’t have a way to track the causes and stressors of turnover.

Managing complex training schedules: Training their employees was a huge undertaking, and maintaining visibility on work patterns, shift schedules, classroom space, equipment, and vendors through spreadsheets was becoming a hindrance.

Lack of insightful reporting: Their learning tech wasn’t integrated with critical business systems, which impacted data integrity and made data-driven decision making difficult.

Woman reaching out to move a sticky note that is on a whiteboard with many other sticky notes, while a man looks on with a puzzled expression.

Boston Whaler needed to scale up quickly, and prioritized training as the key to that growth.

Manual data entry, keeping vital content on paper, and tracking training with spreadsheets wasn’t working.

“The turnover report we’ve built within Administrate helps us track turnover, automatically, every 30 days all the way to every 365 days. This helps us identify stresses and causes of turnover. It also allowed us to pinpoint exactly when our highest turnover was taking place.”
Brandon Beck, Vice President of Human Resources at Brunswick Corporation

Brandon Beck

Vice President of Global Talent

Brunswick Corporation

The Solutions

Reduce spreadsheets by managing all of their training logistics with one scheduling tool, rather than Excel or Google Sheets.

Get automated reports to reveal where employees are in their training, and the employees that are the most engaged with their learning paths.

A Boston Whaler boat on the open ocean

The Results

Training is Boston Whaler’s Competitive Advantage

  • Significant reduction in employee turnover
  • Tracks employee engagement and identifies areas for improvement, so they can leverage training as a competitive
Since implementing Administrate, we’ve been able to bring a lot more visibility to the training program, which has given us the ability to make sure we know exactly where our greatest needs are, and how to tackle those situations.
Sean Phillips Supervisor of Training at Boston Whaler

Sean Phillips

Supervisor of Training

Boston Whaler

We’re a Partner Not a Vendor

Unlike other training software providers, we’re not going to leave you to figure it out after you sign on. Our expert teams dedicated to implementation, development, and professional services have a substantial background in the training industry. They are standing by to help your organization achieve meaningful alignment and real business results. That’s part of the Administrate experience. We’ve already helped hundreds of organizations serving millions of learners. We’re ready to help you.

enterprise training leaders looking at laptop