CHENNAI, India — Hundreds of employees at Ford India’s manufacturing plant in Chennai are being trained to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The Global Team Leader and Process Coach (GTLPC) training program strengthens knowledge among team members on the manufacturing floor on the Global Ford Production System (GFPS). The 20-week long training, which ends on July 19, of is one of the largest training program of its kind and aspires to train about 640 employees.
Jointly organized by Ford India’s Learning and Development and LMM departments, the program will have 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 will be 16 waves of training.
The Global FPS Strategy team has devised 12 modules for the training. The Process Coaches complete 55 hours of training spread over six days while the Team Leaders have to attend 39 hours over nine days. Modules such as Ford as an aligned and capable organization and leadership skills are part of the training.
“This is one of the largest program of its kind and we try to instill the ethos of lean, green manufacturing processes that we at Ford are proud of these leaders who will in turn take it to other employees on the floor,” said V.Pandian, vice president, Human Resources.
The training program commenced with a small inaugural function attended by Tom Chackalackal, Ford India’s executive director, Manufacturing, Organising Committee Members and Ford Employee Welfare Council members. There was lighting of a traditional lamp and a safety oath taken to mark National Safety Month. ”I hope this training program will make our team leaders aware of the latest developments on GFPS and learn directly from the plant leadership,” said Chackalackal.
“This training is regarded as a transformational journey for the Chennai plant towards the 0/100 mindset because Team Leaders and Process Coaches are the first face interacting with the work groups on a day to day basis. This training is an engagement process for all our plant personnel to aim and deliver “Best in World” results,” said P Senthil Kumar, vice president, Vehicle Operations, Ford India, and one of the trainers. “This reinforces our continuous quest to equip the workforce with the latest best practices and know-how in GFPS,” echoed Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, vice president, Powertrain Operations.
Chackalackal imparts training to team leaders and process coaches during a session
Narayan Pillai, general manager, TCF instructs trainees