Nissan launches scheme to boost managerial skills

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Nissan is launching a training and development initiative to increase theskills and capabilities of 7,220 line managers worldwide. The car manufacturer aims to boost line managers’ understanding of thebusiness at a global level, encouraging more openness and more widespreadsharing of best practice. “We want to break down the cross-functional barriers and eliminate the‘I’m alright, Jack’ approach, developing more rounded line managers so we canshuffle the pack when we want to,” said Steve Pallas, manager for trainingand development at Nissan UK’s 4,600-strong manufacturing plant in Sunderland. “We were previously guilty of being very functional, and the danger wasthat we were becoming very parochial and not appreciating what is best for thecompany. For example, it may be that something costs the manufacturing plant£1m pounds, but saves Nissan £2m,” said Pallas. The training and development initiative will go live early next year,following a pilot programme involving 60 or so high-flying line managersworldwide, which was launched in January. Central themes will include clarityof communication and innovation through empowerment. The initiative is modelled on a competency framework which identifies commoncore skills for line managers such as interpersonal, leadership, and businessand management skills. It also incorporates specific job-related skills such asempowerment or production methodology in manufacturing, or sales and marketingin sales. Individuals will be mapped against this blueprint to identify skills gapsand their potential. The length and level of training and development will depend on theindividual’s needs, but should take around two years at the most. All line managers will be expected to develop certain basic competenciessuch as leadership and team management skills. Line managers with highpotential will be given extra development in areas such as strategydevelopment. By Liz Hall Nissan launches scheme to boost managerial skillsOn 19 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more