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Equipping Tennessee’s Automotive Emerging Leaders 
in the Appalachian Region
The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is developing initiatives related to a recent Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant awarded through the office of Tennessee Economic and Community Development (TNECD). ​

The recent ARC grant awarded to UT CIS, an agency of the UT Institute for Public Service, targets Tennessee’s automotive industry in the Appalachian region through employer listening sessions, workforce assessments, leadership and supply chain training, and other training needed to address workforce challenges, with particular focus on distressed counties.​

Stage One: Employer Listening Sessions

The employer listening sessions - the first initiative of the grant - begin April 12, with the objective of hearing directly from the employers in the regional automotive sector about their specific leadership and supply chain training needs. The results of these sessions will guide UT CIS in deployment of leadership development training in Tennessee’s ARC region this summer for front line supervisors.

The impact of these listening sessions will only go as far as the local employers take it. This initiative’s tremendous value lies in the opportunity for employers to have a voice in the development of leadership training related to automotive supply chain, emerging leaders, and future industry growth. As Tennessee’s workforce ages, it is essential that employers identify, develop, and train employees to assume roles handed off by retiring leaders. These sessions will enable employers to do just that.

Why should an automotive company participate in these Listening Sessions? 

  • To learn all about this new leadership training opportunity from UT CIS and ARC;
  • To be sure their voice is heard and that training is tailored to your company’s needs;
  • To be sure you understand how this program will benefit their company and the automotive supply chain;
  • Most importantly, to be sure their company has the future front line leaders they will need 

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Stage Two: Leadership and Supply Chain Training

The leadership and supply chain training will launch in August 2017, with 4 sessions focused on topics related to Leadership and Supply Chain Optimization for new leaders.

Tentative Training:

Session One 

  • Essential Skills of Leadership
  • Essential Skills of Communication
  • Motivating Team Members
  • Developing & Coaching Others
  • Resolving Conflict

Session Two 

  • Toyota Kata: Identifying Strategic Opportunities & Changing Workplace Culture
  • Supervisory Fair and Best Practices
  • Diversity Awareness in the Workplace
  • Health & Safety: Identifying Common Issues in Your Work Environment

Session Three

  • Training Within Industry – Job Relationships
  • Training Within Industry – Risked Based Thinking
  • IATF-16949

Session Four

  • PFMEA & Control Plan
  • Problem Solving and 8D