Launching operations in October 2013, TG University has pioneered a powerful model of education for employees of TG Missouri in Perryville. TGU has combined quality small group instruction with real-time learning experiences to develop a Supervisor Certification Program designed specifically for TG Missouri. On Friday, March 9, 2018, four participating TG Team Members were the latest to graduate from the SCP.
The graduating supervisors are Dominique Brewer (TGMS), Martha Phillips (TGMO), Ken Gruenewald (TGMO), Steve Elder (TGMO Leader Tech.)
The four-week program included formal classroom instruction and on-site instruction, followed by hands-on projects that let participants put into practice what they learned. Subjects covered during the course included 5S, kanban (labeling), standard work, leadership, goal setting, quality, safety and problem solving.
To gauge the effectiveness of the SCP, the supervisors were evaluated by their managers before the training started. Upon completion, the graduating supervisors were then re-evaluated by their managers as part of their live presentation covering what they learned. In 90-days, managers will re-evaluate these supervisors to measure growth and determine future learning plans. TGU will use the data from both their presentation evaluations and 90-day evaluations to measure program effectiveness and future development needs.
“This is our ninth class of students to graduate from the program,” says TGU Assistant Manager Angela Prost. “Our goal is to get all 113 supervisors through the program by August 2018.”
Two other TGU staff members join Prost: Jennifer Lauck, Learning & Development Designer, and Corey Brooks, Career and Development Specialist. Together they are responsible for developing and tracking the training requirements for TGMO and its sister plants located in New Albany, Indiana (TGNAI) and Batesville, Mississippi (TGMS).
“As a part of the TG Human Resources “Center of Excellence” long-term vision, we have a number of initiatives underway to yoketen (Japanese for “share”) the TGU training philosophy and methodology with other Toyoda Gosei North American manufacturing locations,” explains Prost. “This will include traveling to these locations to present and help implement currently developed training programs. We also plan to assist other TG companies to develop their own customized training courses specific to their manufacturing environment.”