Thursday 13 December was the final event in a year long Leadership Development program for Geelong Manufacturers run by TXM and Roaring Success for the Geelong Manufacturing Council. The program sponsored by the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation, aimed to provide mid and senior level manufacturing leaders in Geelong a unique practical development opportunity. The program aimed to develop skills around Leadership, Innovation and Lean Manufacturing and consisted of a series of workshops throughout the year. Several of these were hosted as hands on improvement events at the workplaces of several of the participants, including a 5s workshop at the Shell Geelong Refinery at a chance for all the participants to be a “lean consultant for a day” a the Southern Bay Brewing Company. All participants were required to apply their new skills in a project and the results were amazing, with several companies making major improvements in business performance through applying the skills they learned.
Feedback from the participants and key stakeholders including GMC is that it has been a highly successful program and plans are already underway to run a bigger and better manufacturing leadership program in Geelong in 2013.