CHENNAI, India — In a unique accomplishment of the Global Ford Production System (GFPS), all team leaders of Ford India’s Chennai Engine Plant (CnEP) have completed their Global Team Leader and Process Coach (GTLPC) training.
The Global Team Leader and Process Coach training program strengthens knowledge among team members on the manufacturing floor on the GFPS. The 12-week long training, which ended on May 27, was one of the largest training programs of its kind. Demonstrating a great commitment to learning, all 83 team leaders of the Engine Plant completed the training successfully.
“This speaks volumes about the culture of learning and commitment to efficient manufacturing we have at the Engine Plant. Congratulations to you all for your hard work and creating a new benchmark with 100 percent commitment to training,” said Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice president of the Chennai Engine Plant at a ceremony to hand over certificates.
Jointly organized by Ford India’s Learning and Development (L&D) and Lean Manufacturing Management (LMM) departments, the program had Organizing Committee Members, operating system leads and area managers from various shop floors training the Team Leaders and Process Coaches. The trainers themselves had spent 712 man hours undergoing ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions. There were 16 waves of training.
Ford India has a dedicated training facility established and looking to induct more. At the ceremony, K Sethu Baskaran, general manager, Engine Assembly, offered his team leaders as trainers because they have been imbibing GFPS as a culture in their day-to-day operations.
“In fact, we learnt GFPS while training our team leaders…This has really honed my skills on the GFPS concepts. The drive exhibited by L&D and LMM teams towards this program is phenomenal,” said Prasanna, manager and Quality CnEP Trainer of this program.
The Global FPS Strategy team has devised 12 modules for the training. The Process Coaches complete 55 hours of training spread over nine days while the team leaders have to attend 39 hours over six days. Modules such as Ford as an aligned and capable organization and leadership skills are part of the training. A dedicated fully-equipped training facility has been established to meet this training program.
“This is a great example of cultivating the 0/100 mindset and going further with GFPS implementation at our plant. This is indeed a great achievement,” said ADS Pathy, Assistant Plant Manager and lead for GFPS in Ford India. Pathy also thanked Shanmugasundaram, manager LMM, A.V. Sivaram, L&D lead, Basha, L&D coordinator, and all the master trainers for their support in making the training a success.
“This is a great accomplishment by the team at Chennai Engine Plant! I am very proud of the team. It is a true testimony of the team’s commitment to inverting the pyramid and empowering our team leaders by providing them with the necessary foundation to fulfill their roles and responsibilities,” said Rima Jasser, Asia Pacific FPS Manager, who looks after Global Ford Production System implementation across the region. The team also won appreciation from Michael Popenas, Dean of the Manufacturing College, whose team developed the GTLPC training program and materials.