The first successful output from Joe Morecroft, the recently appointed the Digital Innovations strategy lead at Extech , was to encourage all of the Extech team to contribute to the ideas pool and he has put in place a Kaizen Project.
Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986. Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy. It came to the fore in the UK when the Honda , Toyota and Nissan Motor Companies opened manufacturing plants here and Joe has enjoyed success from this process in his last business post at Scientifica.
Andrew Hookway the MD of Extech is delighted with this refreshing new approach for a SMB because it builds of the success of the previous innovative approach to the Extech Apprenticeship scheme. One of the problems for Extech was that when the Engineers finished their apprenticeship their value to Andrew’s business was constrained by their lack of mobility.
To solve this problem Andrew now includes complimentary driving lessons for all of the apprentices within their apprenticeship programme which benefits everyone. Gianni the first successful apprentice under this scheme is pictured above collecting his pass certificate.
Gianni said “I was incredibly grateful for all of the help I received, not only was I financially supported through the whole thing but I received sterling advice which is still apply to my driving since passing. Having a full licence has opened up a whole new world of opportunities “
Andrew Hookway can be contacted on 01444 443200 or Ahookway@extech.co.uk