Leadership Academy

For the last nine years, FCMA has continued to develop and delivered outstanding value to our membership by offering best-in-class cost effective leadership and employee training opportunities. To date, the FCMA Leadership Academy has provided leadership training to more than 600 front line supervisors, team leaders and mid-level managers as well as hands-on technical skills training to 146 line employees from 48 different member and non-member companies. The participant feedback has consistently highlighted the personal development opportunities that these programs bring to participants as well as the value gained by their companies.

For Fall 2023, we are offering the following programs:

FCMA Training Offerings

This program is designed for Front Line Supervisors, Lead Operators, Team Leaders, or future candidates for these positions who lead front-line employees/individual contributors in a manufacturing environment. The target audience for this training includes existing Front Line Supervisors, Team Leaders, Lead Operators, or future candidates for these positions. This highly successful course is designed to focus on the most critical basic leadership skills that are needed to be a successful front line supervisor or team lead. The curriculum will focus on developing the following critical leadership competencies: • Applying “Extreme Ownership” to different leadership styles and leadership behaviors. • Personal assessment and feedback on the student’s personality and leadership style (DISC). • Performance coaching for employees not meeting expectations as well as growth opportunities for employees meeting or exceeding expectations. • Building an effective team—based on the 5-Dysfunctions of a Team model by Patrick Lencioni. • How to apply different lean manufacturing and continuous improvement tools and techniques to promote critical thinking, innovation and problem solving with your team. • Understanding how labor and employment laws can impact the role of a front line supervisor or team lead, and some of the legal “do’s and don’ts related to front line leadership jobs. The classes consist of six full-day in-person sessions occurring every 2-3 weeks over a 3-month period. Class instruction will be provided by leadership training experts using group participation and interactive learning. We will also include exposure to local manufacturing plants, either by conducting classes at a plant location or providing access for plant tours. When visiting a plant, students will learn about host company businesses and observe their manufacturing best practices as well as participating in an open Q&A panel session with host company leadership team members. The program includes kick-off and culmination graduation events. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all classes. To date, over 518 students representing over 48 member companies have participated in this program. Feedback continues to confirm outstanding value to the individual students as well as the sponsoring companies. Program has been labeled as one of the premier leadership courses in NE Florida!
By participating in this training program, attendees will become certified as a Lean Practitioner and learn how to implement the continuous improvement production system that first revolutionized the manufacturing industry and has become the “go-to business improvement strategy” for organizations all around the world. The program is designed to provide participants with the capability to drive work practice improvements on the job and is taught by experts from the Jacksonville Lean Consortium. The curriculum focuses on the foundational lean manufacturing principles, tools, and methods. The training follows the learn-by-doing approach that includes 18 hours of in-person classroom instruction, over 6 hours of one-on-one coaching sessions, manufacturing site visits, tailored homework assignments, a Lean Practitioner certification examination, and a final project presentation of an overall value stream mapping/A3 improvement project that has been specifically selected from their work site. The target audience for this program is very broad, from subject matter experts and individuals who are responsible for introducing change and implementing process improvements, to upper-level leaders and decision makers.
The program is designed to provide skill and knowledge training in five specific technical areas that exist in manufacturing operations. The curriculum includes basic training including troubleshooting tools in electricity, pneumatics, hydraulic applications, programmable logic controller (PLC) applications, and pumps and drives applications. Target audiences are new employees or existing employees who need exposure to basic introductory level process principles and equipment in a manufacturing environment, or manufacturing employees who have an interest in progressing into a maintenance technician career path. This offering consists of ten 4-hour in-person classes taught by FSCJ instructors and occurring at the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center on consecutive Wednesday afternoon sessions over a 2-month period. Classes represent a combination of instructor led discussions as well as hands-on lab exposure for all topics. Pre-and post-class student knowledge assessments have consistently shown a 125%-200% increase in student knowledge on the class topics as a result of participating in this program.
This highly successful course is designed to focus on the most critical leadership topics based on continuous feedback from manufacturing supervisors to senior leaders. This program builds on basic leadership fundamentals to ensure the participants develop at a higher leadership level within the organization. This curriculum is specifically designed for mid-to-upper level leaders who: 1. Are currently in a mid-to-upper leadership position and are leading other supervisors or managers (not direct front-line employees) 2. Have participated in previous foundational level supervisory training during their career, 3. Understand why they are being nominated by their organization, 4. Are ready to commit the time and effort for the course – making it a priority, 5. Will implement the learning from the course in their real world of work. The program includes highly interactive sessions, peer learning, one-on-one leadership coaching, access to DISC, 360-degree, and team performance assessment tools. The curriculum will focus on developing the following critical leadership competencies: • Providing more value from a higher leadership level • Developing, leading, and sustaining high performing teams • Coaching & Developing at the Next Level • Guiding and counselling underperforming leaders • Developing and leading strategic planning & thinking in a manufacturing environment • Leading change and managing stakeholder engagement in change situations • Driving and leading change Classes represents five different sessions plus two one-on-one coaching sessions as well as a kick-off breakfast and graduation event over a 15-week period. Classes will rotate through different host manufacturing sites during this program. To date, 88 students representing 19 different member companies have participated in this program. Feedback continues to confirm outstanding value to the individual students as well as the sponsoring companies.
The Front-Line Supervisor 2 program has been developed to bridge a leadership gap that exists between our Front Line Supervisor 1 and Mid-Level Manager training classes. The curriculum is designed to build upon the leadership skills that were introduced in the Front Line Supervisor 1 program. The program will focus on critical skills including employee motivation, goal settings and developing personal accountability, performance management, team building, and managing change. During each class, students will participate in extensive exercises/practices, role-plays, and case studies to help them apply these leadership skills on the job. Each student will participate in a one-on-one coaching session that will include private feedback and coaching on their 360-feedback evaluation tool. Note that participating in the Front Line 2 program does require students to complete the Front Line I program as a prerequisite.