20 Mar New Program Nurtures Leadership and Improves on Stove Quality
Anne Wanjumbi gestures animatedly as she talks of her transformative experience participating in the newly launched quality-conscious production program that seeks to improve efficiency in stove production at BURN factory.
“I feel excited, and empowered from the training,” says Anne; ” I learned new skills that transformed the way I view my role in the production process – before I was just focused on meeting targets now I am taking ownership of the whole process, aware that no one is going to supervise my work.”
Anne is among four BURN employees who took part in the three-month quality-conscious production program that piloted late last year.
“Before, an employee charged with making parts of the Jikokoa such as the Ashtray/ Conedeck was not responsible to ensure that it met all the quality standards,” explains BURN’s Chief Technical Officer Boston Nyer.
Adding, now in the new program, employees like Anne, who have gone through the training will now be responsible for the whole process of making a jiko including checking if it meets all the quality standards.
Adopting the new program is in line with the company’s 2019 production goals of moving into the future with better and efficient systems that allow for scalability while at the same time providing opportunities to nurture more leaders on the factory floor.
Since its launch, the program has registered a 60 percent quality improvement in stove production, and it’s expected to be rolled out to the whole production team by mid of this year.