Leadership Academy

For the last seven years, FCMA has developed 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 560 front line supervisors, team leaders and mid-level managers from 44 member companies as well as hands-on technical skills training to 84 line employees from 18 different member companies. The participant feedback has been consistently outstanding!

Now, we are excited to offer our expanded FCMA Leadership Academy 4.0 that includes five existing offerings as well five new training programs. Click here to learn more about leadership and employee training programs.

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FCMA Training Offerings

This program is designed for Front Line Supervisors, Lead Operators, Team Leaders, or future candidates for these positions in manufacturing companies. Offering consists of six full-day in-person sessions occurring every 2-3 weeks over a 3-month period. The curriculum includes leadership, communications, performance coaching, team building, critical thinking and problem solving, and supervising and the law. 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 including guest speakers. Lunch will be provided for all classes. To date, over 430 students representing over 42 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!
The program is designed to promote understanding at a leadership level of the different generations present in our workplace today as well as the characteristics of these generations, and as such, to help each student in developing a personal work plan to address specific job-related multi-generational workforce challenges. The course curriculum is designed to help students identify the problems resulting from poor leadership of a multi-generational workforce, to learn new leadership approaches that can help bridge generational gaps and create a more integrated and communicative workforce, and to provide new tools and techniques that can be applied while leading a multi-generational workforce. This is a virtual program offering consisting of four 90-minute classes with one course every 2 weeks, taught by an industry expert with a homework assignment in between sessions.
The program is designed to address critical topics that are challenging leaders in today's environment including valuing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, understanding unconscious bias and how it can negatively impact employees and morale, identifying and dealing with potential harassment and discrimination issues in the workplace, and recommended practices for hiring and training new employees. Target audiences are Managers and Supervisors who are responsible for leading employees and are faced with personnel challenges that relate to compliance with U.S. labor laws as well as employee labor relations within any manufacturing operation. This is a virtual program consisting of four 90-minute classes with one course every 2 weeks. During the classes, the instructor will provide a full understanding of labor related challenges associated with diversity and inclusion issues based on real world current events examples. Participants will learn "the why and potential upsides and downsides" associated with their role to identify, understand, lead and manage these challenges in the workplace. As a result, participants will learn how to recognize these challenges within their work groups, how to engage their employees, and how to develop corrective action plans associated with these topics.
The program will focus on basic continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles, tools and methodologies using six interactive modules. These modules will build upon one another and follow the "learn-by-doing-methodology." After completing each module, participants will have a job-specific homework assignment using the tools, methods, and systems presented during each class. Expert instructors from the Jacksonville Lean Consortium will provide class instruction, including conducting a one-on-one review of the homework assignment progress with individual participants after each module. All in-person classes will run from 8:00 AM – Noon at the FCMA Office Training Room. Virtual Attendance can be requested. Each training module will include 4-hours of interactive content, course materials, lean standard work templates, recording of class presentations, one-on-one coaching/feedback, and participants will receive a Lean Practitioner certification from LeanJax.
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 topics based on feedback from supervisors to senior leaders. This program builds on leadership fundamentals to ensure the participants develop at a higher leadership level within the organization. In this 7th offering of the course, we are implementing new standards to ensure highest quality results for all participants. This course is specifically for mid-to-upper level leaders who: Are currently in a mid-to-upper leadership position and are leading other supervisors or managers (not front-line employees) Have participated in previous foundational level supervisory training during their career, Understand why they are being nominated by their organization, Are ready to commit the time and effort for the course – making it a priority, Will implement the learning from the course in their real world of work.