TPI provided more than 450,000 hours of training to our associates in 2020. It is through a strong commitment to associate development that we are creating a learning culture.
TPI offers training to ensure that our associates are not only well-prepared to perform in the role they are hired into, but also invested in further skills development to provide opportunities for growth. Training and development opportunities are offered on a regular basis and include, but are not limited to new associate orientation, onboarding, safety and compliance training, technical learning, and leadership development.
One of the training highlights in 2020 for TPI was the continued roll out and development of TPI Academy. TPI Academy was created in 2019 to develop our technical talent, one of our most critical talent segments, and has since expanded to incorporate multiple disciplines within TPI. The goal for our technical engineers and technicians is to use TPI Academy to expand their knowledge of composite technology by learning from our most senior technical talent. In 2021, we plan to expand and grow this program by doubling the number of modules and offering content through multiple delivery methods. This accelerated learning path will lead to better products that are of a higher quality, faster operations, lower costs, and increased overall operational excellence. These benefits are critical to the long-term success of TPI and provide a unique competitive advantage with respect to our technical competency.
Training data is reported monthly to the leadership team by each manufacturing facility and functional area. Relevant operational indicators are also discussed during this period as they reflect the effectiveness of our associate training. TPI averaged 31 hours of training per associate in 2020, down year over year, due to the lock downs and restrictions enacted because of COVID-19.
Training Hours per Associate by Category
Training Hours per Associate by Gender1
1 Our direct labor associates receive a significant amount of training and are largely comprised of males, thus accounting for the difference between our male and female training hours.