Saturday, July 19, 2008

Partnerships: Subject Matter Experts in a first-of-its-kind venture - NST

Professor Tan Sri Anuwar Ali (left) presenting a memento to Nestlé S.A. executive vice-president, head of operations Jose Lopez (centre). Looking on is Nestlé (Malaysia) managing director Sullivan O'Carroll (right).

THE Executive Diploma in Manufacturing Management (EDMM) developed jointly by Nestlé (Malaysia) Bhd and Open University Malaysia (OUM) is the first of its kind in the local food manufacturing industry.

With the recent graduation of the first batch of 51 programme participants, these Nestlé production executives were promoted to first-line managers in line with the Nestlé on the Move initiative to empower employees at all levels by equipping them with the right competencies.

The design of the 20-month EDMM course was based on a detailed job analysis of first-line managers in Nestlé factories. Subject Matter Experts (SME) from Nestlé, the Institute of Professional Development at OUM, consultants and machinery suppliers conducted the programme.

SMEs from Nestlé and machinery suppliers focused on workplace competencies while OUM lecturers and consultants taught generic subjects and provided external perspectives.

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