Training for First Line Supervisors

Phillip asks:

Could you recommend any hands on training classes for first line production supervisors? I can’t seem to find anything.

Training for First Line Supervisors is very import, even more so for first time supervisors. Often these employees are moving up through the ranks from an operator or mechanics position into a position where they now may be supervising those who they used to work beside.

AICC offers a number of training courses throughout the year that focus on production and production management. You can check the AICC Event Calendar for a list of current courses. If the desired courses are not currently on the schedule, you can contact Taryn Pyle at AICC for additional information and on-site training options.

Below are some of the AICC course that may fit your requirements.

Machine Mastery for RDCs and FFGs are courses offered through AICC and presented by Les Pickering. Each seminar is two days in length and address common best practices for RDC and FFG operation. Other topics included in these seminars include,

  • Identifying and understanding value and non-value work and process
  • Understanding the layout of an area to plan or change the environment to improve productivity
  • “Reading” the actions of the operator at job changeover to understand issues with the process.
  • Understanding and know best practices to control consistency of color on the run. Control ink quickly at start-up and throughout the run
  •  Learn uptime and downtime duties of the operator and the importance of countermeasure items in production.
  • How to reduce your job changeover time 20%-50%
  • Understand why the process performance is static and learn methods and acquire tools to increase productivity by 20%

Production Leadership for Profit is a two-day training course offered through AICC and presented by Scott Ellis and Scott Heilmann. The course is designed to enhance the attendee’s ability to manage people with confidence and to achieve outstanding performance on the production floor. The management disciplines that will be presented – some of the industry’s best production practices – have been perfected and implemented by numerous production personnel throughout the packaging industry with proven, exceptional results.

This course covers,

  •  Leadership Best Practices
  •  Time Management Skills
  •  Effective Measurement of the Production Process
  •  How to Build a Visual Workplace
  •  Critical Communication Skills
  • Building Accountability and Sustainability in a Company’s Best Practices

In the Spring of 2015 AICC will be introducing a new course focusing on leadership training for department managers and supervisors. Watch, your email and our BoxScore Magazine to see when this course becomes available.

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