In the late 1980s, the need to train airplane technicians received a significant push. More and more planes were being built, and every model is unique. It is not enough to be trained as an airline technician; technicians are required to earn certification for each and every model they will work on. Learning the ins and outs of each plane is difficult work, and at the time, the failure rate for technicians was 50%.
For many years, Moshe Ben Porath, known as Benpo, has provided companies with technological training solutions. When he was contracted by a major aerospace industry, Benpo began to investigate the cause of the high failure rate. He discovered a need for a more efficient way to teach the technicians. Through his search he hit upon the Feuerstein Method, and attended a one day workshop led by the Feuerstein Institute's founder, Professor Reuven Feuerstein. Inspired by what he learned, Benpo contacted the Institute to explore adapting the method for use in technological training. He and the staff worked together, analyzing the parameters of the technicians' work. After selecting a cocktail of Instrumental Enrichment tools which would support the cognition required for the training, forty hours of Instrumental Enrichment was integrated into the four hundred hours of professional training the technicians.
The results were astonishing. By incorporating the IE program into the training, the failure rate dropped to 10%. The client, thrilled with the results, asked that the program be taught to engineers and their instructors as well. Benpo went on to train in Instrumental Enrichment, and incorporates the Feuerstein Method into all of his company's trainings.