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Manufacturing Supervisor & Leadership Training

What Is Manufacturing Supervisor & Leadership Training?

“You either have it or you don’t,” they say about leadership qualities. We disagree — anyone can learn the skill of leadership.

Manufacturing leadership training merges the practical skills required to manage frontline production with the ability to make decisions that benefit the overall success of the organization. When equipped with the right production supervisor training, your frontline leaders can help instill a lasting culture of improvement in your plant.

Geared toward manufacturing supervisors, the TWI Frontline Leadership Development Program builds strong, relevant skills in the people directly responsible for delivering everyday business results. A foundation of Training Within Industry (TWI) Five Skills Training leads to structured manufacturing leadership development becoming “just the way we do things” in your organization.

Attain Operational Efficiency & Continuous Improvement Through Manufacturing Supervisor & Leadership Training

To accelerate Essential Frontline Leadership (EFL) Skills development, our manufacturing leadership training incorporates foundational TWI Five Skills methodology — Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, Standardized Work, Problem Solving and Daily Management. Upon completion of the TWI Frontline Leadership Development Program, production supervisors should be able to coach their teams on the same skills.

The TWI Frontline Leadership Development Program includes a critical additional skill for manufacturing leaders:

Daily Management: Teaches production supervisors how to deliver expected business results — day after day after day — through the use of visual controls, team meetings and Leader Standard Work*.

*Leader Standard Work: A set of recurrent management practices, tools and skills that become standardized in a supervisor’s daily and weekly routine.


20 Essential Skills Your Frontline Leaders Need

Benefits of Manufacturing Supervisor & Leadership Training

This program builds upon the principles of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and train-the-trainer model. The result is improved organizational structure and support necessary to ensure ongoing use of EFL Skills by frontline manufacturing supervisors.

When equipped with the right tools, supervisors grow into true manufacturing leaders who can:

  • Increase production
  • Boost employee morale and engagement
  • Reduce turnover
  • Build their team’s capability to solve problems and improve processes
  • Reduce internal conflicts
  • Reinforce organizational values on a day-to-day basis
  • Demonstrate the value of collective continuous improvement
  • Create a sustainable internal coaching program

More Benefits

What Our Clients Say

No company will be successful if it does not understand the importance of knowledge management and invest in efforts to ensure that the transference of knowledge is possible, controlled and supervised.
LEGO, on the impact of TWI on frontline leaders


Increase in productivity


reduction in OSHA incidents


Reduction in downtime


Improvement in employee engagement
These statistics represent documented composite results from actual improvements measured in client engagements and tracking metrics from the U.S. government.

Manufacturing Supervisor & Leadership Training Program Structure

This program is ideal for manufacturing organizations that have previously implemented Job Instruction (JI), Job Methods (JM) and Job Relations (JR). Our team then works with yours to identify remaining constraints, review existing supervisor development efforts and tailor our three-year training curriculum to integrate with your organization’s processes.

Throughout the training timeline, your team will have access to TWI Institute Trainers and Senior Consultants who provide expert guidance and support.

Uncover Solutions to Unique Manufacturing Challenges With Our Supervisor & Leadership Training

​​Lack of Engagement

Involve manufacturing supervisors, teams and workers in ideation and solutions to increase engagement and enthusiasm.

Stalled Improvement Initiatives

When manufacturing leadership teams support a culture of improvement, employees learn to recognize problems and propose solutions.

Resistance to Collaboration

Aligning your team’s work with your organization’s vision builds more productive supervisor-worker relationships.

Skills Gaps

Keep your team agile by providing opportunities for upskilling, reskilling and cross-skilling.


Develop work standards as the baseline for improvement.

Culture Change

Shift your company culture by creating a healthy and focused team that is in lock step on a daily basis.

Our end-to-end approach sets us apart

Our proven methods stretch far beyond essential TWI, Kata and Standardized Work training. From initial preparation to ongoing consulting, we prepare people and workplaces for continuous improvement, better outcomes and increased engagement.
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Step One:

We start with an assessment and provide tailored recommendations for your workers and your workplace. KPIs are set, a communication strategy is planned and workforce orientation begins.

Step Two:

Supervisors, team leaders and those who direct the work of others attend, participate and learn in our cornerstone programs: TWI, Kata and Standardized Work.

Step Three:

We work with you to plan a pilot program and teams begin to learn by doing. Through workplace practice and coaching, we help students accept the ideas and put them to work. We’re with you through every step of the journey.

Step Four:

We assess learning, validate pilot results, incorporate skills into routines, evaluate practices and culture, and measure performance against KPIs.

Step Five:

We execute worker and workplace certifications, including TWI Certification (student and trainer), Kata Certification (student and trainer) Train-the-Trainer Certification, and TWI:2018 Certification.

Step Six:

We stay connected with planned reassessments, KPI checks, remedial coaching, and re-certifications to protect and grow your return on investment.

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