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Association for operations management offers another resource for ongoing education.

Your education and training articles ("Education and Training: Where Does It Fit in Your Business?" July, p. 19) hits on an area in which all manufacturers should be investing--their employees.

Part of the July editorial talked about treating "your people as your greatest asset." Unfortunately, as in most businesses, in a downturn or shortfall, one of the first things to go, after meeting mandatory and minimum regulatory requirements, is education.

You mentioned the American Management Association as an outside resource for educating employees for self improvement. Your readers also should look into the Association for Operations Management (APICS,, which provides education both for personal improvement and for the improvement of their business. APICS tag-line is "Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success."

Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. A wide variety of education offerings are available both to members and non-members (with a price premium) and a variety of delivery methods. Some courses can lead to globally-recognized certification.

The association also offers courses on lean manufacturing, which can help train employees to be effective lean implementation team members.

All in all, the articles hit the spot--invest in your workforce. Adding APICS to that education resource list will help that investment improve your business, as well as the employee.



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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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