Continental Tire North America and Rend Lake College have joined forces to offer the Yellow Belt Six Sigma Certification Program this June at CTNA’s Mt. Vernon facility.
This is a unique opportunity to learn what the CSMI / HCIT Consulting Group approach to Six Sigma implementation can do for a business. This certification program will demonstrate how a company can apply the Six Sigma methodology and leverage the knowledge and minds of employees to improve productivity and competitiveness.
The session is offered to company leaders and is intended to explain how the Six Sigma methodology can be used to engage a workforce in continuous process improvement. The method helps capture employees’ hearts through involvement, increasing overall commitment and loyalty to their companies.
The program will be held Wednesday-Friday, June 21-23, at the Continental Tire Mt. Vernon plant on Illinois Route 142. Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving towards six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service.
Facilitators for the training will be William D. Winget, President of Causal Solutions Management Inc., and William R. McCoy, President of Human Capital Integrated Technologies LLC.
Participants will receive one hour of college credit through Rend Lake College. Tentative times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
The first two days of the program are designed around a business case simulation which allows participants to immediately apply what they have learned and embody problem-solving skills, group facilitation and teamwork. The final half-day is designed to discuss implementation strategies for those interested in learning how to deploy the certification program within their companies as Continental Tire has.
Participants will learn the statistical meaning of Six Sigma and the lean manufacturing principles, as well as how to apply the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) process, identify improvement projects, define problems, set goals, prepare business cases, plan projects, measure performance and collect relevant information.
The facilitators will then discuss analyzing that information, using employees’ knowledge to create solutions to problems and measuring the results of those solutions.
At Continental Tire, the strategy has been to focus the training and implementation efforts at the most significant point of impact – those performing the work and closest to the processes – and the results have been simply incredible.
Through this program, participating CTNA employees “have become passionately engaged in problem solving as a way of doing business daily. Other employees are asking to get involved and learn how they can have a more significant voice in running our business,” said Monica Young, Continental Tire spokesperson.
The Yellow Belt Six Sigma program “provides a formula for a company to capture the untapped potential of every employee in the organization, and as a result, realize a significant return on their investment through improved operations,” said Plant Manager Hank Eisenga.
“In order to compete with the cheap labor and lower safety standards of the emerging third-world countries, we must be innovative in using every available resource, and the greatest untapped resource we have is the people on the floor of our factories – the men and women who are closest to the process and run the plant,” said Jeff Spiller, a mixing operator at Continental Tire who is a Yellow Belt Trainer and is Black Belt Certified.
“The Yellow Belt methodology brings employees from various departments together, helping them understand just how significant their jobs are to the business as a whole. The Yellow Belt methodology provides the problem-solving tools and the time to streamline our processes, making the company more efficient. The benefits are twofold – the company becomes cost competitive and the workforce begins to take ownership of their processes through the teamwork concept,” Spiller added.
Anyone interested is asked to mail the registration form with check payable to Rend Lake College, 468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, IL, 62846. The cost is $795 per participant.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact the RLC Center for Business Services at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1714.