Manufacturing Essentials Certification

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is looking for manufacturing employers and communities to implement Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) Programs – an initiative designed to help manufacturers increase their workforce productivity and become more competitive in a growing global marketplace.


Manufacturing Essentials Certificate is proposed to run in regional training cluster groups, providing up to 40 hours (4-5 hours/week over 8 weeks) of skills training, using industry validated learning programs, live workshops, facilitated online learning with on-going support and assistance with professional trainers and a workplace action-based learning project.

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The Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) Program – For Production Workers is an initiative designed to engage production workers in the problem-solving process and continuous improvement initiatives within the workplace. The program focuses on the development of critical thinking, team work and workplace communications. Developing these skills supports increased productivity, improved workplace culture, enhanced team communication, higher employee engagement and promotes a collaborative working environment. With the help of a hands-on Workplace Performance Project participants don’t just learn new skills, but develop and enhance their skills to be able to apply their learning to their workplace.

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Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) Program – For Supervisors is an initiative designed for current and high potential future Supervisors and Managers. The program focuses on encouraging the development of critical thinking, leadership and team management skills. Developing these skills supports increased productivity, improved workplace culture, enhanced team communication, higher employee engagement and overall promotes a collaborative working environment. With the help of a hands-on Workplace Performance Project participants don’t just learn new skills, but develop and enhance their skills to be able to apply their learning to their workplace.

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Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) – For Leadership is designed to enhance leadership in manufacturing and increase performance of the workforce. This program is designed for Supervisors, Managers and those in Leadership looking to enhance their skills. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to lead engaged, high-performing teams and to become not only people leaders but leaders of organizational culture. By developing these skills, companies can expect stronger team collaboration, higher productivity, fewer conflicts, positive workplace culture, overall better employee engagement. With the help of a hands-on Workplace Performance Project participants don’t just learn new skills, but develop and enhance their skills to be able to apply their learning to their workplace.

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Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) – For Productivity and Continuous Improvement, is an initiative designed for high potential employees, existing support staff and leaders. The program focuses on raising the knowledge, experience and execution of problem solving and continuous improvement throughout organizations. Through presentation, discussion and group learning, participants will apply their experiences by completing a Workplace Performance Project suitable to test their skills and abilities. Developing these skills supports increased productivity, improved workplace processes and culture, enhanced team communication, higher employee engagement and overall promotes a collaborative working environment.

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Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) Program – For Onboarding is a unique initiative designed to address recruitment and retention challenges commonly faced within the manufacturing sector. The program focuses on encouraging the development of employability and essentials skills; while providing a support foundation through mentorship in order to pave the way for meaningful, sustained employment and create relationships that will be mutually beneficial to both employer and employee.

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Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) – For Health and Safety is an initiative designed for those looking to enhance the Health and Safety of their workplaces. This program is designed for Health and Safety Stakeholders looking to enhance their knowledge and skills. The program focuses on encouraging the development of Health and Safety Knowledge, Best Practices, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. Through a hands-on Workplace Performance Project participants are able to apply their learning on a project that helps to promote and healthy and safe work environment. By developing these skills, companies can expect stronger health and safety awareness, a positive workplace culture, and overall better employee engagement. 

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Sample Manufacturing Essentials Certificate Learning Plan:

Orientation for managers and participants & pre-assessments to assess skills levels of the participants: ~ 2 hours

Problem-Solving and Process Improvement techniques 101: ~ 8 hours

Workplace Performance Project (WPP): ~ 25 hours

Trainees work in teams to plan and execute a project using the problem-solving process introduced early in the program. The WPP is presenting 25 hours of applied learning using an industry validated Action Learning Methodology. The Workplace Performance Project (WPP) is looking at a manufacturing issue or creating a new opportunity identified by participating employers. In addition, embedded in the WPP implementation, are instructor facilitated essential skills modules on subjects like team management, conflict resolution, leading and motivating, coaching, presentation and digital skills, document use, basic maths, etc.

For additional information:

Amy Edwards, Training Coordinator
aedwards@emccanada.org
1-866-323-4362


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