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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller

Toyota Kata--a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement--had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a habit that over time gives workers new skills.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

Posted by Rachel Miller

The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear. Workers may be dealing with changes to equipment and floor plan layouts to ensure a safe workplace. All of this means new responsibilities and heightened expectations of supervisors in the manufacturing setting.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Posted by Rachel Miller

Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed factors – lack of a qualified applicant pool, turnover and absenteeism, and under-performing KPIs – there are various hidden problems.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Surviving and Driving Through the Crisis

Posted by Rachel Miller

How can employers protect their employees and workplaces while battling COVID-19?

In order for manufacturers to develop a safety plan for their facilities, they must consider the whole workforce and all visitors. “Your assumption should be that people who look perfectly healthy may be asymptomatic carriers and spreaders,” said Eliot Dratch, a CMTC consultant and manufacturing operations/safety expert.

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Safety in Manufacturing, Employee Training, covid-19

How Workplace Safety in Manufacturing is Changing Amid COVID-19

Posted by Eliot Dratch

Workplace safety is at the top of everyone's mind right now. Manufacturing facilities have opened up (if they shut down at all) and companies need to make sure they are in full compliance with CDC and OSHA regulations, and also meet the guidance coming from within their county

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Employee Training

How Modern-Day Apprenticeships Can Help Manufacturers Succeed

Posted by Steven Brand

By now, you’ve probably heard the troubling statistics. IndustryWeek reports that nearly 25% of manufacturing employees are age 55 or older, and many will soon be leaving to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Unfortunately, there’s no influx of new talent waiting to take their places.

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Topics: Human Resources, Mentoring, apprenticeship programs, tribal knowledge, Employee Training

How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

Posted by Steven Brand

 

When seeking out a new job, potential employees want to understand what will be expected of them and how they will be evaluated if brought onboard; on the other hand, employers want to be sure they are interviewing the right candidates for the right job, and not wasting valuable time interviewing under- or over-qualified individuals. One way to ensure each party gets what they want is to craft a well-thought-out and detailed job description.  

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Topics: Millennials, Manufacturers in Training, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions, motivating employees, employee retirement, employee tribal knowledge, Employee Training, networking, Diversity Training, Workplace Diversity, digital transformation, manufacturing careers, MFG DAY, Future of Manufacturing, job descriptions, recruiting

The Impact of Manufacturing Day—and How to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand

Dark, dirty, dangerous. Unfortunately, this outdated perception of manufacturing persists to this day, and it can keep away new talent. By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be aged 60 or older, meaning many manufacturing workers will be leaving the factory floor. This makes attracting the next generation of workers critical to ensuring the industry remains vibrant. With this thought in mind, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute developed National Manufacturing Day.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, apprenticeship programs, Manufacturers in Training, Employee Training, networking, manufacturing careers, MFG DAY

Tax Reform Has Manufacturers Investing in Their Future

Posted by Steven Brand

 In an increasingly competitive marketplace, most manufacturers understand the importance of investing in their business. But, investing means spending money, something many manufacturers can be hesitant to do. This is a dangerous trap to fall into, however, as the long-term benefits of investing can far exceed the short-term hit on the balance sheet.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Employee Training, Tax Reform, Manufacturing Information Systems