Kaizen Training in Lebanon
Acknowledging its importance in creating continuous improvements in the different functions of an organization, UNIDO conducted KAIZEN and 5S training under the Work Improvement Network in Furniture Industry in Lebanon – WINFI. While KAIZEN means “to improve something better” in the Japanese language, 5S is a concept “how to organize a workplace” using Japanese words: Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Set in order), Seiso (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize), and Shitsuke (Sustain). For five consecutive days, a Japanese specialist conducted a customized KAIZEN and 5S Training at the project’s Vocational Training Centre for carpentry. 19 participants from different backgrounds (Ministry of Industry, carpenters, designers, UNIDO carpentry trainers, and engineers) attended the training and learned how to improve efficiency and quality in the different workplaces by achieving small changes in the workplace with fundamental impact. Two carpentry workshops in the North of Lebanon were used by the participants to apply the KAIZEN approach, making use of the employees’ skills to further improve the competitiveness. This approach will contribute towards the growth of their businesses by streamlining and standardizing the work culture as well as measuring all possible metrics to attain the best market result.