Fifteen employees from Sabian Cymbals in the small village of Meductic, NB took part in the newly introduced fully funded Manufacturing Essentials Certificate (MEC) program offered through Excellence in Manufacturing (EMC) and the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour (PETL).
We are pleased to see the forward thinking of the New Brunswick Manufacturers as they commit to investing in their people. The MEC program for Supervisors and Managers offers a well balanced curriculum offering those essential leadership skills and problem solving skills necessary to be effective and efficient on the shop floor.
The participants shared that what they experienced through the program was more than what they expected of any training program. They say they now have the skills to think through workplace problems they encounter daily and they feel more confident in their role as a leader.
At the completion of the program, each team presented a PowerPoint presentation on a resolution to a workplace problem. One team identified the need for a more formal process of tracking and recording quality issues where another team focused on a process to reduce scrap labour cost by 60%. The combined projects have the potential cost savings of over $750,000 annually for Sabian Cymbals.
Chris Rossitier, VP of Manufacturing was like a proud father as he watched his employees reveal their presentations to a larger group with pride and passion. “ There has been a noticeable difference in the employees approach to this business since facilitation of this program has commenced. I believe there is a better understanding as to why managers and companies do what they do. I want a bottom up, not a top down approach and I believe this program supports that .”
Mike Connell, COO & CFO commented on how he has seen many programs come and go but feels “this one will stick”. As for me, I was beaming with excitement as it was clear to me the difference this program can make for NB Manufacturers.
If you are a NB company and are interested in hearing more about the Manufacturing Essential Certificate program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.