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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

MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand

It’s just one month away! Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media.  The annual event also helps to dispel misconceptions about modern manufacturing in order to aid in the recruitment of the next generation of talent.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development, Manufacturing Tips, employee retirement, networking, manufacturing careers, MFG DAY, Future of Manufacturing, recruiting

8 Manufacturing Workforce Development Tips to Help Your Business Grow

Posted by Steven Brand

Over the past several decades, major shifts in the manufacturing environment have occurred that have proven beneficial for domestic manufacturers. Industry statistics show that there is a rise in non-traditional manufacturing operations, especially among small and medium-sized companies. Much of this work continues to require human beings in conjunction with automation. Current trends are seeming to favor small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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Topics: Workforce Development

How to Increase Employee Productivity on the Shop Floor

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

Low productivity can be an insidious problem. For line workers, performing repetitive tasks day-to-day, everyday, year after year, can sometimes have a lulling effect. After all, it is human nature to get used to a certain way of doing things.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Workforce Development

How to Improve Your Team Leadership and Supervisory Skills

Posted by Ellen McKewen

There are many challenges that your manufacturing organization faces on a day to day basis. Those challenges may range from government regulation compliance to ensuring that your employees are getting all of the resources needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

Integrate Your Workforce Using Community College Graduates

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Hiring, developing and retaining your workforce can be a challenging task with the increasing demand for a more technological mindset in the workplace.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

5 Ways to Ensure Sustainable Growth

Posted by Ellen McKewen

While the latest index reports on American manufacturing show the industry’s growth slowing down, production remains on an incline — marking 31 consecutive months of improvement. For every manufacturing organization looking to compete in the marketplace, their business model should reflect growth — or at least plans to expand and evolve.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development

Innovative Ways Companies Are Addressing the Workforce Skills Shortage

Posted by Ellen McKewen

The workforce skills gap is a continuing source of discussion and worry for many of California’s manufacturers.  It is not surprising this is the case if you consider the following recent statements and statistics:

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Topics: Workforce Development