11 Durban staff get global skills training Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) for the first time took part in Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) Global Skills Training (GST), an extended six-month programme attended by selected Team Leaders taking place at TMC’s manufacturing facilities in Japan. The team will live and work at the Tahara Plant in the Aichi prefecture. The skills training programme has a focus on a Team Leader’s people management and other skills within the Durban plant’s operating environment. These members are the first from TSAM to attend this programme, and special permission was obtained to send 14 Team Leaders and one Co-ordinator, Mnqobi Shandu, Specialist in the Manufacturing Development Department. TSAM agreed to participate as part of its strategy to develop future shop floor leaders in line with its goals of being globally competitive and self-reliant. ABOVE: Selected Team Leaders from the manufacturing plant in Durban have left for a six-month training stint at Toyota's Tahara plant in Japan's Aichi prefecture. LEFT: TSAM executives and members of the Project and Global Skills Training Teams at the send-off ceremony held for the Team Leaders heading to Japan. The programme in Japan is structured into three main sections: Dojo training, focusing on fundamental knowledge and skills training; their line experience as members of a bigger team, how to observe, how to manage their area, and how best to lead and look after their team members; and team leader practice, where each person is given the opportunity to shadow another Team Leader to understand all aspects of their work and see what are they doing so as to effectively support their team. Based on their experience, each participating Team Leader will make their own unique commitment as to what they will do with their newfound insight upon their return. In order to best prepare Team Leaders, TSAM has provided a rigorous training programme that includes all aspects of their training and even Japanese language lessons, and coping skills required to live and work in a foreign environment. The following Team Leaders have been selected from the assembly plant: Xolani Zama, Lucky Shange and Tina Stoffels; from the Quantum line: Ayanda Nzimande and Wandile Mnyandu; from the Plastics division: Cleo Naidoo and Menzi Mseleku; from the Chassis Plant: Xolani Gwamanda, Siyabonga Chiliza and Joash Chetty ; and from the welding department: Mukelani Bulose, Thubelihle Cele, Arthur Mavana and Thembikosi Zondo.
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