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Marine Learning Systems launches SkillGrader for workforce insights

Marine Learning Systems has launched SkillGrader, an enterprise solution that enables vessel operators and training institutions to objectively evaluate officer and crew skills, and to generate instant reports on workforce insights.

SkillGrader is a mobile application that supports simple and objective evaluation of mariner performance. Assess any observable skill, such as routine drills, simulation training, assessment of qualification, or on-the-job performance.

SkillGrader replaces subjective and cumbersome paper-based assessments with a digital solution that runs on both tablets and mobile devices.

It provides an instant report after each assessment for immediate debrief and coaching opportunities. It also electronically stores all results through an on-demand dashboard for future reference, to support audits, and to help reveal crew skill trends, gaps, and metrics for operational improvement.

SkillGrader was initially developed as a collaboration between Marine Learning Systems and the training and assessment experts at Carnival Corporation.

The original goal was to support a sophisticated competency framework and performance-related training.

The use of early SkillGrader prototypes at Carnival proved that obtaining deep and objective metrics on skill performance was indeed possible. Simplifying the process also greatly expanded opportunities for assessment, helping to shed light on what is arguably the most important question of safety and performance: does our workforce perform their duties according to company best-practice?

“SkillGrader completes the learning technologies picture. For some time now, we have had tools to help teach and assess knowledge – the Learning Management System, and tools to help teach skills – simulation, AR and VR. Now, finally, we have technology that allows us to capture reliable, objective and actionable data on crew skills,” explained Murray Goldberg, founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems. “Operators will gain visibility into workforce trends and risks, allowing them to target training and address issues to improve safety and operational performance.”

SkillGrader can help vessel operators and maritime training institutions:

  • Objectively measure any skill-based activity: Evaluate individuals and teams on any procedure, including on-vessel drills, on-the-job performance, simulation exercises, behavioural assessments, and more.
  • Gain actionable metrics to support crew development goals: Access on-demand dashboards with insights on compliance, competency gaps, skill fade and more. Measure crew proficiency for precision-targeted training.
  • Simplify the assessment process: Turn existing paper assessments into structured, customised digital forms that allow for automatic data collection, analysis and reporting.

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