Most are familiar with Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon who became symbolic for the new workforce during Word War II. Many within this workforce were women who went to work in factories replacing men going off to the war. But how did the new workforce get trained? Training within Industry (TWI) was an emergency service developed during WWII to continue the production of materials at an accelerated pace. This method of training unskilled workers was abandoned after the war was over, but soon after adopted by Japan to help them quickly train employees and reestablish their industrial base. In the 1950’s, Toyota used TWI as part of the emerging Toyota Production System…the world’s first Lean Manufacturing Program.

Today, global resource TWI Institute, has fostered methods of training known as the J-Programs (J=Job). Job Instruction is one of the J-Programs that specifically focuses on training supervisors (or anyone responsible for the work of others) how to breakdown a job and then properly instruct someone so they effectively learn the task(s). Job Instruction requires finding the “one best way” and provides a repeatable way to train to that way every time. More and more companies are finding success with this methodology in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and healthcare. Job Instruction enables companies to efficiently transfer years of knowledge from retiring employees and shortens training time for even entry level employees. Benefits experienced when practicing Job Instruction are reduced training time, less scrap and rework, fewer accidents, and increased job satisfaction.

A 10-hour Job Instruction training course is scheduled for Sept 6-8, 2017 in Erie. Click here to register.