MHC, JBS Canada launch new pro­gram to help man­age to­tal qual­ity at Brooks fa­cil­ity

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With the as­sis­tance of Medicine Hat Col­lege (MHC), JBS Canada is launch­ing a new pro­gram in July. To­tal Qual­ity Man­age­ment (TQM) al­lows team mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to build their lead­er­ship skills while in­flu­enc­ing busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

De­vel­oped around con­cepts like Lean Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Six Sigma, TQM iden­ti­fies in­ef­fi­cien­cies within the com­pany. Di­vided into four lev­els, team mem­bers who are ac­cepted into the pro­gram have a chance to work their way up from be­gin­ner to mas­ter sta­tus.

“This is a nat­u­ral next step from the ex­ist­ing Foun­da­tions Lead­er­ship pro­gram, which of­fers em­ploy­ees a chance to use the skills they’ve learned, in­clud­ing per­sonal well-be­ing, lead­er­ship and oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety, to make im­pact­ful change in the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” says, Wes Pater­son, cor­po­rate train­ing of­fi­cer at MHC.

Each level is a three-day pro­gram that is fol­lowed by ap­prox­i­mately three months of im­ple­men­ta­tion and con­cluded with pre­sen­ta­tions.

“Em­ploy­ees learn ev­ery­thing from pub­lic speak­ing and how to cre­ate pre­sen­ta­tions to de­sign­ing a fish­bone di­a­gram [a vis­ual tool for cat­e­go­riz­ing po­ten­tial prob­lems] and find­ing ef­fi­cien­cies,” ex­plains Pater­son. “This not only fo­cuses on pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment but could re­sult in the com­pany saving thousands of dol­lars.”

Team mem­bers are in­cen­tivized both fi­nan­cially and with the po­ten­tial for pro­mo­tion.

This pi­lot pro­gram, if ef­fec­tive, could lead to the model be­ing used at JBS Canada’s internatio­nal of­fices.

Ac­cord­ing to David Col­well, CEO of JBS Canada, part­ner­ships like th­ese have al­lowed the or­ga­ni­za­tion to en­hance their team mem­bers’ well-be­ing and con­tinue to strengthen their op­er­a­tions.

“We are for­tu­nate to have Medicine Hat Col­lege’s Brooks Cam­pus in our com­mu­nity,” says Col­well. “Not only does it de­velop pro­grams like th­ese, but they also pro­vide our team mem­bers with other ways to grow, whether it be learn­ing English or work­ing to­ward a trade that they can use here. We look for­ward to see­ing what other op­por­tu­ni­ties might come out of this.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices avail­able at Medicine Hat Col­lege or to re­ceive cus­tom­ized cor­po­rate train­ing, visit www.mhc.ab.ca. The Foun­da­tions of Lead­er­ship Skills and To­tal Qual­ity Man­age­ment pro­grams were made pos­si­ble through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which pays for up to two-thirds of the train­ing costs for ap­proved projects that de­velop the skills of Alberta’s labour force. The grant is de­signed to as­sist with ex­ter­nal train­ing costs when such ex­pen­di­tures might other­wise be out of reach for some com­pa­nies.

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