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WHAT IS LEAN?
Embracing a Lean philosophy is one of the most powerful things your business can do.
Labour shortages and productivity issues continue to be at the forefront of manufacturer concerns. CME’s extensive suite of Lean programs and services are the answer. With more than 2,000 participants engaged in Lean training last year alone, CME supports hundreds of companies in their productivity and engagement journeys, from coast-to-coast.
Lean is a proven strategy for engaging employees to deliver more value to customers in less time and, with less effort. The core concepts of Lean aim to create a better flow of information, product or service and to spend more time adding value and less time on wasteful activities.
Designed for manufacturers by manufacturers, CME training aims to help manufacturers across the country to improve their operations, their competitiveness and their bottom line.
WHY CHOOSE LEAN
Lean is about engaging employees. Harnessing the power of people, from the shop floor to the c-suite, in the spirit of continuous improvement drives growth and benefits employees, customers and stakeholders alike.
Companies that adopt Lean as a strategy develop a culture that allows them to scale up while remaining nimble, flexible, agile and above all else, hyper-focused on the needs of the customer – a distinct competitive advantage in today’s global economy.
five key principles
1. Credibility: thousands trained every year
2. Experience: CME facilitators across the country have more than 350 combined years’ of operational leadership experience
3. Quality: graduates give CME training programs consistently outstanding reviews.
4. Hands-on: A ‘learn by doing’ approach tailored to the needs of the manufacturing environment sets CME apart
5. Continuity: Our most popular training sessions are offered across the country and delivered with the same level of excellence. We offer a range of courses to help companies progress to the next step, regardless of where they are in their journey.
Benefits of Lean
Popularized in North America by Toyota, and the Toyota Way, Lean is more than a management system. It’s a culture of continuous engagement that drives an organization at every level to put the customer first and identify and eliminate waste at every opportunity, freeing up the capacity to do more.
CME programs are qualified for a number of funding programs and subsidies, from coast to coast; including Canada-Provincial Jobs Grants. For details on how CME can support your through the application process, contact your local CME representative.
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Related CME Programs
Facilitated by groups of 10-12 non-competing companies, Lean Consortia are a powerful way to share best practices, as well as leverage and grow the knowledge, skills and capability of members to accelerate productivity improvements in the workplace. Learn more by visiting our Peer Councils page below.
LEAN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (AM) - READINESS ASSESSMENT
Each company is at a different point on the advanced manufacturing path and many are not sure how they compare with others or with best practices. As with any Lean assessment, there is great value in an assessment of where you are in your journey and which gaps should be addressed first to achieve greatest impact at lowest risk. CME’s Lean AM readiness assessment provides a detailed look at areas within a company and its supply chain and provides a full report. The full, two-day assessment includes executive engagement and report out. Where necessary, the assessment process can be tailored or shortened to meet the specific needs of your company.
Thanks to the support of the Ontario government, CME has launched a Skills Development Program to provide free training for manufacturing employees and to launch several peer councils.
Advanced manufacturing promotes faster, more agile and more efficient processes through the use of automation technologies for consistent quality and productivity gains. Both Lean and Industry 4.0 promise to solve manufacturing challenges by uncovering the most effective way to reach the next level of operational excellence.
Shop Talks Workshops & Plant Tours
CME’s virtual Shop Talks series connects front-line leaders and supervisors, providing a forum to exchange information, ideas and insights. Participants gather for topical learning and a facilitated discussion. The peer-driven discussion ensures a high level of commitment and accountability which in turn offers invaluable takeaways and innovative solutions. Register for one session or six to empower your team, develop the people management skills of future leaders & supervisors, enhance the organization’s business process improvement and innovation skills, increase the quality and output of cross-functional and intact teams and ensure front-line employees are not only kept informed, but kept inspired and engaged.