Finally it is time for the first real post by this year’s trainees! “The ancient ones” are soon leaving Sweden for their work abroad rotations and it is time for new blood in the trainee cabin here in Trollhättan.
The reason for the delay (we did start working here about a month ago) is mostly the two week “onboarding” program together with all new trainees at GKN Aerospace worldwide. In total, 27 trainees from the US, Netherlands, England and Sweden were here, pretty awesome! We spent the first week in Gothenburg doing various workshops and lectures in for example group dynamics, workplace culture, ethics and Lean manufacturing (a popular strategy to improve efficiency in a production system). And of course we had massive amounts of Swedish fika! In the evenings we explored Gothenburg and played a lot of volleyball and Super Smash Bros.
The second week was spent in Trollhättan and at our site here. We had tours on the shop floor, a lecture about the Swedish military jet engines that have been built on the site and tried the VR-experience VEGA, which was developed by the previous year’s trainees. The program ended by a fine dinner where we had the honor of meeting several SOMETHINGS, including CTO Russ Dun, who held a truly inspiring speech about the future of GKN Aerospace and sustainable development in the aerospace sector.
Now that the onboarding is over we are back on track with workshop practice, with the goal of getting to know the value streams of a few of the products we manufacture here in Trollhättan.