TWI Training Within Industry

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The Makoto Link with Toyota TWI

The Makoto TWI program follows the original TWI Training Methodology receiving training and instruction from Mr Isao Kato.

Training Within Industry, TWI, is a dynamic program of hands-on learning and practice, teaching essential skills for supervisors, team leaders, and anyone who directs the work of others. TWI is an essential element of Lean and continuous improvement programs around the world including the Toyota Production System.

Mr Kato played a key role in the development of the TWI methodology in Toyota in the 1960s setting up their standardisation processes while working closely with thought leaders during this time and oversaw the creation of Toyota TWI training materials.

Mr Kato remains an important advisor to Makoto and works with us on the development of new training materials intended to motivate people to change behaviour in the workplace.

Where Did TWI Start?

Training Within Industry's rich history originated in the United States in the 1940s where the program was a resounding success, boosting industrial production of war material beyond expectations. The program was born out of the need to rapidly train unskilled workers entering the war production workforce as many skilled laborers went off to war.

Introduced in Japan during post-war rebuilding, it is still in widespread use in Japan and most notably, in Toyota as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS). It is a foundation to Toyota's success in continuous improvement, standard work and more importantly, in its ability to sustain those improvements.

Workers preparing aluminum shells in Ohio USA - Alfred T. Palmer, 1942
Makoto Global Team in Process

How Does Makoto Use TWI?

Makoto actively uses principles of the TWI methodology in consulting engagements with clients in their lean implementations.

This methodology is used to instruct supervisors how to quickly and correctly train employees, generate cooperation and positive employee relations, establish and maintain standardized work, improve methods, practical and effective problems solving, while creating a safe work environment

The Stages of TWI

Leader explains

Leader demonstrates

Walk through the steps

Participant demonstrates

Participant explains key points & steps

Explaining the key points helps people learn  why they're doing a certain job, in a certain order.

Understanding why things are important supports better memory & better technique.

Makoto is involved in TWI consulting in Japan and internationally.

It's one of the foundational training pieces that we use to help your business achieve lasting success.

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