By Ryo Isobe, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 5, 2016) – Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) training division conducted a three-day Discovery training for 24 command participants, which included 20 apprentices and four Engineering and Planning Development Program (EPDP) trainees.
This training course is meant to enrich participants’ lives, social and personal skills to become better and more effective workers by improving personal connections and enhancing individual goals. The Discovery course is based loosely on Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling philosophy and self-development book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The course consists of eight themes: ownership, paradigm shift, priorities, communication, teamwork, being proactive, trust, and polishing and honing one’s skillsets and talents.
“These eight topics discuss the kind of mindset we believe every member of society should be equipped with,” said facilitator Haruo Yoshikura to the participants.
Yoshikura led the training along with Michiko Sekiguchi, a certified facilitator.
On the last day of the training, the class was divided into eight groups. Each group was required to reflect on their own experiences, sum up what they had learned during the course and then share or present their learning points to the rest of the class.
A group of three apprentices and trainees presented about communication, one of the course’s themes.
“First, we thought communication is just about human relationships, greetings and their responses,” said Satoshi Fujita, an apprentice and trainee welder, to the class. “But in this course, we recognized that communication is more about sharing information and emotions with each other.”
The group performed a skit which showed what happens when communication does not work in a shop environment. In the drama, a supervisor instructed his subordinate, “Fetch the usual [tools from the tool shop]!” Then the subordinate was confused as to what “the usual” meant; he had pretended he understood his supervisor’s instruction until later when he arrived at the tool shop, when he found out he was incorrect in his assumption of what the “usual tools” were.
“This training was very rewarding to me,” said Youhei Arakawa, an EPDP trainee and production control specialist. “Since many apprentices and EPDP trainees got together and shared their thoughts with one another, we could break out of our shells and be exposed to others’ thoughts. It was valuable.”
Guest attendees included production control specialist and former chief planner, Hiroshi Deguchi, and a supervisory naval architectural engineer, Daijiro Nagasato. They each supervise and mentor EPDP trainees and apprentices at their respective work sites.
“When I was an apprentice,” Nagasato said to the apprentices and trainees, “we didn’t have difficult and high-level courses like this. I am very impressed with all of your presentations.”
“Here, [SRF-JRMC’s] priority is safety [first], and then quality, schedule and cost.” Deguchi said, clarifying to the apprentices and trainees about the command’s priorities as one of the course’s themes.
The command’s training division head, Kazuo Akimoto, concluded the course.
“I hope everyone learned something to help you become aware of the [right] attitude and rules as a member of an organization,” he said to the students.
“Please remember that your skills and abilities are very important as a trusted professional and individual. But also, [your] principles, creed and way of life are equally important to navigate your professional life.”