We turned required instructor-led traininginto a driver of business value.

The project story

What do you do when compliance regulations mandate you provide 40 hours of instructor-led training? Get creative and connect it to business objectives, of course! Phosphate Foundations is an onboarding and annual refresher program that meets the regulatory requirements and gives employees a big picture view of who The Mosaic Company is, some basic business acumen and the ability to see how following our safety procedures on a daily basis connects to Mosaic’s commitment to the safety of all employees.

The curriculum uses gamification, game-based learning and hands-on activities instead of standard lectures to engage employees.


The Mosaic Company is a Fortune 500 company based in Plymouth, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. Mosaic mines two key crop nutrients—phosphate and potash—and produces specialty products Aspire, MicroEssentials, K-Mag and Pegasus. It is the largest U.S. producer of potash and phosphate fertilizer.

Turn 40 hours of required instructor-led training that had previously been lecture-based into an interactive, engaging experience that teaches safety procedures and business acumen.

The entire new hire training follows the Mine to Market process and is sequenced in order. A learning map at the front of the classroom shows the seven steps of the Mine to Market process and learners journey through the business making stops along the way to identify the hazards, learn how to stay safe on their sites and how Mosaic processes help the world grow the food it needs. New hires walk into training on day one wondering, “Who is Mosaic?” At the end of day four, they know: “We are Mosaic.”

The annual refresher training is structured in a similar fashion. The class progresses through another learning map of “Risky Rock Mine”. Learners must identify and eliminate the hazards for each section of the mine as they visit.

Employees report that the training has helped them improve their job performance and stay safe. Managers have also noticed, rating the statement “The employee has been able to successfully apply the knowledge/skills learned in the class on the job” a 4.42 out of 5.

The curriculum won the only Gold award for Best Advance in Compliance Training in the 2016 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

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