When the number of goods produced increases at our customer’s site, it is necessary to quickly increase the number of employees to meet the newly changed production requirements. In such a case, also the one-piece flow of production needs to be altered, in order to keep the level of unfinished products in minimum.

The increased demand in human resources at Carinafour’s customer site in Piikkio Works resulted in 25 new employees joining Carinafour’s team. The recruitment and training were planned and executed together with Opteam, Edumax and Meyer Turku Shipbuilding School. For Carinafour, as the party operating manufacturing, it is of high importance to find the individuals looking for employment in the Varsinais-Suomi region, in order to make sure that the benefits of completed customer projects stay in the region.

Scalability of labour resources is achieved by having clearly defined standardised work processes, with which production capacity can be rapidly increased without jeopardising quality, together with a high-class training process which combined enable quality and velocity when scaling.

– Employee orientation plays an important part in getting the right work practices completed in the right order while doing everything with high quality. When going through the standardised work processes of production, it’s important to keep the learning time as short as possible while being clear about the process itself, Key Account Manager Mika Söderman explains.

The new employees started with a three-week training period which aimed to ensure that they were capable of meeting the technical and visual quality standards of the customer and also capable of operating as a part of the one-piece flow at the customer site.

– Also, training the ‘core team’ is crucial as they are the ones teaching the new employees the ropes. For this, we have developed a new orientation process, clarifies Söderman.

After the initial training period, each employee demonstrates their ability to match the requirements of the customer which again ensures quality of work in production.

– Already during training the working atmosphere was describes as extremely positive and we were able to keep up with the takt time of the one-piece flow which was also one of the main goals of the training, explicates Söderman.