Annapolis Valley Continuous Improvement Program
The program has been designed to help companies become more efficient and sustainable and improve their competitiveness by reducing costs and improving the allocation of labour.
The two-year Continuous Improvement Program consists of five tiers of support designed to drive continuous improvement in processes that will positively impact the business’s bottom line. The first three tiers of support can immediately improve the participant’s bottom line only by investing time to participate.
The Multi-Offering Approach to Support
Element 1: Awareness - Introduction and Theory Workshops
Awareness raises the importance of continuous improvement and an introduction to the processes used, such as Lean Manufacturing.
The introductory single-day workshops will lay the foundation to make an organization work and perform more efficiently. It will provide awareness of Lean Six Sigma through theory from the white and yellow belt levels. It will also provide a hands-on simulation where participants are divided into teams and simulate a manufacturing environment. The class will be offered free of charge. Completion of participation forms and surveys are the only requirements.
Workshops will be held in the Spring and Fall.
Element 2: Connection - Tours
Tours will be offered based on the availability of participating facilities.
Element 3: Peer Learning - Hands on Case Study
These sessions, meant to further develop the understanding of CI processes, take place over two days and have been called CI Challenges. A local company ready to apply CI shares its “challenge,” and a cross-functional team that includes members from other facilities is led through a learning process by a facilitator to identify solutions for the company.
Peer Learning will be provided free of charge. Completion of participation forms and surveys are the only requirements. These will be offered based on the availability of the business participating in the case study facility.
Element 4: In-Depth Support
Local companies will be given the opportunity for further in-depth, intensive support from an experienced consultant. The learning and support will be tailored to the individual facility’s needs.
Ten business days of consultant-led coaching are offered on demand, with a small financial contribution from the participating facility.
Element 5: Implementing Coaching
Two business days of implementation coaching are offered on demand, with a small financial contribution from the participating facility.
Check out this short video on the CI Challenge that took place with Schoolhouse Brewery.
This article describes the multi-offering approach of the CI Program.
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