Education / Training http://www.industryweek.com/taxonomy/term/6627/more en AME Unveils Initiatives Aimed at Drawing Students to Manufacturing http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/ame-unveils-initiatives-aimed-drawing-students-manufacturing <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Association for Manufacturing Excellence has launched a pair of education-based programs geared toward attracting students to manufacturing careers: the Adopt a School Initiative and the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/ame-unveils-initiatives-aimed-drawing-students-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/ame-unveils-initiatives-aimed-drawing-students-manufacturing#comments Education / Training Recruiting / Retention Workforce News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 116621 at http://www.industryweek.com Mazak Corp. Doubles Manufacturing Technology Scholarships http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/mazak-corp-doubles-manufacturing-technology-scholarships <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Mazak Corp. is doubling its support for its SME Education Foundation/Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship in response to the resurgence of manufacturing jobs in Ohio and surrounding states.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/mazak-corp-doubles-manufacturing-technology-scholarships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/mazak-corp-doubles-manufacturing-technology-scholarships#comments Education / Training Workforce News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:58:00 +0000 116361 at http://www.industryweek.com The Manufacturer's Agenda: Fixing Our Workforce Education and Training Mistakes http://www.industryweek.com/recruiting-retention/manufacturers-agenda-fixing-our-workforce-education-and-training-mistakes <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>After decades of ignoring manufacturing and production knowledge and skills development, the U.S. is starting to pay attention. National programs to recruit students to consider manufacturing careers and Bureau of Labor Statistics is tracking manufacturing-related skills. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/recruiting-retention/manufacturers-agenda-fixing-our-workforce-education-and-training-mistakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/recruiting-retention/manufacturers-agenda-fixing-our-workforce-education-and-training-mistakes#comments Education / Training Corporate Culture Labor / Employment Policy Recruiting / Retention Strategic Planning & Execution Gold Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 115481 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics now tracks the value of manufacturing-related skills.</p> Transition-ready Management: Three Keys to Robust Organizational Strength http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/transition-ready-management-three-keys-robust-organizational-strength <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A sustainable manufacturing organization must not only be best-in-class, but also robust. By protecting against the loss of key staff, the organization can achieve both goals.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/transition-ready-management-three-keys-robust-organizational-strength" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/transition-ready-management-three-keys-robust-organizational-strength#comments Change Management Education / Training Lean / Six-Sigma Quality Recruiting / Retention Supply Chain News Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:14:00 +0000 115051 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>Jason Piatt, President, Praestar Technology Corp.</p> Workforce Training Bill is Stalled in Senate http://www.industryweek.com/blog/workforce-training-bill-stalled-senate <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In the past 15 years, the manufacturing industry has evolved from needing low-skilled production-type assembly workers to being highly technology-infused. It's no secret that manufacturing companies are now struggling to fill the gap for workers trained with the specific skills needed for today's advanced manufacturing jobs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/inside-california-manufacturing">Inside California Manufacturing</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/workforce-training-bill-stalled-senate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/workforce-training-bill-stalled-senate#comments Competitiveness Education / Training Legislation Inside California Manufacturing Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 113151 at http://www.industryweek.com Manufacturers Agenda: Continuous Learning in the Age of Social Media http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/manufacturers-agenda-continuous-learning-age-social-media <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Why your continuing education plan requires both in-person and digital learning.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/manufacturers-agenda-continuous-learning-age-social-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/education-training/manufacturers-agenda-continuous-learning-age-social-media#comments Competitiveness Education / Training IW Best Plants Leadership None Gold Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 112631 at http://www.industryweek.com Full-time Lean Champion: Positive or Negative? http://www.industryweek.com/question/full-time-lean-champion-positive-or-negative <div class="field-ugc-expert"> Ask the Expert <a href="/expert/ask-expert-lean-leadership">Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership</a> </div> <div class="node-body question_and_answer-body"><div></div>Increasing the universe of capable people is arguably the most important first step when a business launches a new strategy. </div><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-user-info"> <div class="field-ugc-user-email"> <span>Your Email:&nbsp;</span> <a href="mailto:jill.jusko@penton.com">jill.jusko@penton.com</a> </div> <div class="field-ugc-user-name"> Posted by Jill J. </div> </fieldset> <div class="field-ugc-expert-answer"> <span>Answer:&nbsp;</span> <p>It&rsquo;s a good question and one that I would answer:&nbsp; &ldquo;It depends.&rdquo;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s all about leadership and how they charter the role.&nbsp; Ideally, this lean expert (Blackbelt or Master Black Belt) would become the sensei for the plant or company.&nbsp; As such, this person would assess the skills of those in the organization who will be leading problem-solving activities.&nbsp; With the help of the HR training partner, the sensei would deliver a training program to get the necessary people the skillset they need to be successful.&nbsp;</p> <p>Increasing the universe of capable people is arguably the most important first step when a business launches a new strategy.&nbsp; Senior leaders stand up and say:&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to become a more customer-centric and data-driven enterprise!&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp;Those receiving the message think, &ldquo;Well, ok&mdash;but I need help learning formal problem solving tools and a different way of thinking to do my job of the future.&rdquo;&nbsp; And this person is correct.&nbsp; Typically leaders find willing attitudes.&nbsp; However that will quickly turn to frustration if we don&rsquo;t back it up by providing the training and resources necessary to make our people capable.</p> <p>I hired a sensei to help launch our journey at General Cable.&nbsp; His primary responsibility the first couple of years was training others.&nbsp; As the networks of capable people grew in the plants, they became more self-sufficient in tackling their own issues.&nbsp; At that juncture, the sensei could take on a follow-up role and continue training on an as-needed basis as new people came into the company.&nbsp; Where there weren&rsquo;t sufficient numbers to do the training in a single plant/office, we&rsquo;d schedule sessions for them in a certain geographic region or we&rsquo;d bring the group into the corporate learning center as the situation dictated.&nbsp;&nbsp; Often as the skill sets continued to increase, we could then dedicate the sensei to managing big impact projects at a corporate level, e.g. those issues that could affect multiple sites with the same solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/node/add/question-and-answer/103221">Ask Larry Fast Your Lean Leadership Questions</a></em></p> <p>Ultimately the sensei I hired was cycled into a rotation of line manufacturing positions because we no longer needed the role he was brought in to do, and he had high potential for greater responsibilities.&nbsp; (He became the senior operations leader when I retired.)&nbsp; Each location was now self-sufficient and there were standard training options that were administered locally.&nbsp; The more universal training needs were done in the corporate learning center.&nbsp; In other words, <u>the function of the sensei was integrated into the infrastructure</u> of the enterprise and each site had its own on-site sensei after a few years.</p> <p>To address the negative part of the question, using a full time lean champion as the catch-all for all things lean is short-sighted and signals that the initiative is really short-term and tactical as opposed to long-term and strategic.&nbsp; I categorically reject the notion that every opportunity related to lean gets thrown over the transom to a person or persons who are charged with putting on their superman outfits and dousing the fire.&nbsp; With the right people working on the right projects, some short-term benefits may result.&nbsp; However, it will accomplish nothing in terms of building the right infrastructure in the business to achieve and sustain excellence, nor will it cause the required culture change to take place.&nbsp; Instead management will just continue to reinforce the lack of ownership and accountability culture throughout the organization because they&rsquo;ll continue to just call in superman to save the day.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s a frustrating role for a real lean champion to be asked to play.&nbsp; Real lean champions are in the fire-prevention business.&nbsp; They seldom require a fire hose.</p> <p>&ldquo;Change your thoughts and you can change your world.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Norman Vincent Peale</p> <p>Larry E. Fast</p> <p><strong>More Ask the Expert:</strong> <em>Read Larry&#39;s answers to the complete list of <a href="http://www.industryweek.com/expert/ask-expert-lean-leadership">Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership Questions</a>.</em></p> </div> <div class="field-ugc-qa-workflow"> Accepted </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/question/full-time-lean-champion-positive-or-negative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Change Management Education / Training Lean / Six-Sigma Leadership Operations Workforce Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:47:02 +0000 112661 at http://www.industryweek.com Shift Your Organization Process Mindset in 3 Simple Steps http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/shift-your-organization-process-mindset-3-simple-steps <div class="field-deck"> By becoming aware of the results of process variation or dereliction, manufacturing teams will better understand the need for process adherence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>By becoming aware of the results of process variation or dereliction, manufacturing teams will better understand the need for process adherence.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/shift-your-organization-process-mindset-3-simple-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/shift-your-organization-process-mindset-3-simple-steps#comments Change Management Education / Training Lean / Six-Sigma Quality Teamwork Operations Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:45:00 +0000 112131 at http://www.industryweek.com <p><em>Jason Piatt, President, <a href="http://www.praestar-technology.com/consulting/ConsultingMain.html">Praestar Technology Corp.</a></em></p> Stay Alert: 5 Ways to Get More From Your Floor in 2014 http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/stay-alert-5-ways-get-more-your-floor-2014 <div class="field-deck"> North America's improving manufacturing climate means opportunity for the most enterprising floor managers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>North America's improving manufacturing climate means opportunity for the most enterprising floor managers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/stay-alert-5-ways-get-more-your-floor-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/stay-alert-5-ways-get-more-your-floor-2014#comments Compensation Strategies Education / Training Engagement Workforce Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:10:00 +0000 111221 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>John Mills &nbsp;ǀ &nbsp;Executive Vice President of Business Development &nbsp;ǀ &nbsp;Rideau Recognition Solutions</p> The Manufacturing GPS: Where Are We Now? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I was pleased when a young engineer came up to me and said that my talk had made him feel better about his career in manufacturing. I was speaking to a group this week about U.S. manufacturing &ndash; where exactly the industry was since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. So much talk has been made of a manufacturing renaissance and yet it is difficult at best to make the case that we are in the middle of one. That&rsquo;s why I titled my talk &ldquo;The Manufacturing GPS&rdquo; &ndash; to step back and try to get our bearings. Here are some of my thoughts:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now#comments Competitiveness Education / Training Lean / Six-Sigma Energy The Global Manufacturer Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:00 +0000 111201 at http://www.industryweek.com