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Maycomplex experts became judges at the regional stage of the WorldSkills championship in the lean manufacturing competence

From 15th to 18th of November, the regional stage of the WorldSkills championship in the Lean Manufacturing competence was held in the Moscow Region. MAY employees are experts in this competence and are certified as competition judges.

Sergey Isakov, MAY production manager, not only took part in the Moscow Region Championship as an expert judge, but also prepared students for this competition from Shchelkovo College, a strategic partner of Maycomplex in attracting and training qualified personnel.

The students took the 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes. Congratulations to the participants and their mentors!

After receiving the results from all over Russia, the students who won prizes, as well as Sergey, will go to the national championship in the Lean Manufacturing competence.

The Maycomplex team is already preparing for this important event. Sergey Isakov told us how the regional championship was held and what students and employees of the Maycomplex should prepare for in the future.

- Sergey, how did you manage to get to the WorldSkills Championship? Back in September, you only wished to take part in it, but today you yourselves are the judges, and the students trained by the team of the Maycomplex took prizes.

- The WorldSkills Championship is a competition for young professionals. It is quite natural that this year a new promising "lean manufacturing" competence appeared in it. The Maycomplex team has been developing this direction for a long time and uses its methods in different production segments. We pass on our skills to the younger generation. Since we cooperate with the Shchelkovo College, and many of its graduates are already employed at the factory, we decided to take part in the competition. But desire alone was not enough. At first, MAY employees had to undergo training and obtain the appropriate certificates, which would allow us to participate as expert judges. And the students had to be seriously prepared for the competition - and for this we organized an internal training championship in lean manufacturing.

- What was included in the preparation of students?

- We identified three leaders at the domestic championship, whom we began to diligently train according to their competence on the basis of our factory, because we planned to send them to the regional stage. As part of the training, we learned the "Lean Manufacturing" competence in theory and practice, studied kaizen techniques, learned to develop our own proposals. The learning process itself fascinated the students, and they want to study further. They did not expect that this is such an interesting topic. And inspiration is the seed of victory.

- How did the regional stage go? What were the tasks?

- I was on the jury as a compatriot judge - this status means a person who prepared young specialists for participation in the competition and gave them certain skills. And the task for all regions of Russia is formed by managers for certain competencies. This year, the lean manufacturing manager was an employee of GAZ, so the task was from the automotive theme - to assemble a glove box for a Gazelle car.

Naturally, we could not prepare for such a task in advance, but we could use the acquired lean manufacturing skills and apply them absolutely in any professional field. When you know the basics, the unshakable foundations of lean manufacturing, then you are not afraid of any task - whether to collect a box or a pack of tea.

When we taught students, we used our equipment, the tea pyramid site. I gave assignments to develop a standardized work map, highlight and describe all the elements of the process, draw sketches in maps, propose and implement kaizens. And at the championship itself, the guys showed excellent results: they completed the task, offered at least 4 kaizens and significantly reduced the operation time and increased the project margin by 20%.

The championship lasted 4 days, during which the participants performed tasks practically without rest from 9 to 6. I am proud that in just two weeks we managed to qualitatively train real specialists in lean manufacturing.

- Did you like the experience of participating as a judge?

- I liked it very much. We run many lean manufacturing projects. And at the competition, I was able to evaluate this competence from the outside, see all its importance and make sure that we are going in the right direction at the Maycomplex. I am glad that this direction now has followers in the person of young specialists from Shchelkovo College. I hope they will show the same diligence in preparing for the Russian stage! And the main prize is very worthy, so we all have something to fight for.



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