The apex organisation for Industry in Zimbabwe, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), has been in existence since 1923. It is an independent, self-financed, legally constituted organisation that represents and serves interests of members in a wide array of matters affecting their viability and competitiveness.


 Enterprise level Competitiveness

CZI in its quest to unlock Enterprise level Competitiveness of its members,

has been facilitating training of its members on Lean since February 2016.

Join the CZI Lean Programme to acquire skills that can leap frog your company

into competitiveness.

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What is Lean?

Lean Management is a way of thinking and acting that maximizes customer value while minimizing waste.

Why Lean?

The Lean training equips the participants with skills that will enable them to easily identify waste.

CZI Lean Programme 2018

Join the CZI Lean Programme to acquire skills that can leap frog your company into competitiveness.

Introduction to Lean (ITL) Workshops

This 2-day workshop will provide an introduction to the basic principles and practices of lean management as applied to the shop floor in manufacturing and service organisations. It will give participants an understanding of the thinking that drives the success of lean management and a hands-on introduction to what lean management looks like in reality. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The fundamental principles of Lean Management
  • How to do Process Improvement using the A3 method
  • The Standard Work practices that make up a Daily Management System to sustain performance

In addition to presentations and videos the workshop will include:

  • A simulation game during which participants learn how to apply the improvement methods.
  • A Gemba walk to Go See how the host company has implemented lean management and learn from their lean transformation journey.

The Training Days are:

  • 4th Quarter – 08 & 09 October 2018

Deadline for Registration is at least 5 working days before the training date.

5% Early bird Discount for participants that register at least 10 working days before the training date.

Course Fee: US$ 400/Delegate

Lean Learning Cluster Group Quarterly Meetings

This program is intended to assist companies that want to start or accelerate lean management initiatives by providing them with technical and coaching support to achieve sustainable continuous improvement as they embark on lean transformation journeys.

Companies would enrol in the programme for a year (i.e. four quarterly meetings) which would entitle them to bring four people to each meeting, with at least two people attending all meetings to provide continuity. They should also be willing to host a cluster meeting so that it is possible to do a Gemba walk at the host company.

Each Cluster group will have 4-5 companies located close to one another meeting at least once a quarter, for  1-2days to learn from each other and get collective input from Dr Anton Grutter who is an internationally experienced lean coach. Each Cluster group will have a SteerCom that will review each cluster program, and provide input into the programing of the Cluster Meetings.

The first quarter programme for the Cluster meeting will be a cluster start-up Day in which the facilitator will provide training on the necessary lean skills required for each company to implement its Lean practices successfully. The training will include Toyota Kata, process improvement and other lean practices to be detailed in the programme provided to companies that sign up.

Subsequent cluster meetings will be 1 day per quarter; which begins with Lean journey sharings with participating members being coached and a Gemba walk at the host company.

The Training Days are:

  • 4th Quarter Wednesday 10 October 2018

Course Fee: US$ 1600 /Quarter/company

The lean coach will also be available for company specific consult at nominal fee of US$1,265 /half day to coach the host companies on its Lean implementation and specific areas that they may need assistance on.

The CZI Lean CEO Forum

It is well known that the role of Senior Executives is critical to the success of improvement programmes. However, there are limited opportunities for leaders in companies to be informed of what Lean Management actually is, and how to implement it effectively. The CEO Lean Forum is intended to provide company leadership with the insight they need in a short space of time.

The CEO Lean Forum will be hosted by a listed blue chip company that has practiced continuous improvement for many years, whose senior leadership is willing to share its experiences on the role of leadership in effectively implementing lean management in their organisations as well as allow the invited CEOs to participate in a Gemba (shop floor) walk to see team-based problem-solving and visual management systems.

The first meeting is scheduled to take place at one of the Delta Plants in Harare on the 11th April 2018.

The Training Days are:

  • 4th Quarter Thursday 11 October 2018

Course Fee: Free.

Deadline for Registration is at least 5 working days before the training date.

5% Early bird Discount for participants that register at least 10 working days before the training date.

Lean Six Sigma Certifications

In collaboration with SIRDC, CZI will offer Lean Six Sigma Certification; Green Belt & Black Belt, which are internationally recognized Lean certification programs.

Green Belt Certification

Take your organization to the next level of productivity and profitability with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Program. This program has provided organizations large and small, from manufacturing to service industries, with the tools and techniques to dramatically improve their processes and financial performance—thereby ensuring their competitive edge in the marketplace.

This 5 day programme is recommended for High-performance employees at all levels from all functional areas who serve as project leaders or key personnel driving the Lean journey for the organisation. They will learn Lean Six Sigma methodologies to improve process performance averages and reduce variation.

In brief the training will include:

  • A structured problem solving approach integrating Lean* and Six Sigma methodologies
  • The DMAIC model for process improvement including intermediate-level statistical and graphical tools
  • Supplementary quality and lean tools
  • Techniques to generate meaningful financial results

To be a certified Green Belt requires that the Green Belt candidate completes training, pass an exam test, and demonstrate results on one improvement project.

A certified Green Belt will benefit the organisation in that:

  • Lean Six Sigma links strategic plans to operational improvements to create efficiencies for your business.
  • Six Sigma Lean helps you target your customer needs so you can improve the things that matter most to your customers, hence build customer loyalty.
  • Create greater returns by lowering operating costs and delivering products and services quicker and with higher customer satisfaction through operational excellence.

The tentative Training Days are:

  • 4th Quarter 01 to 05 October 2018

Course Fee: US$ 450 /Delegate

Black Belt Certification

The Lean Six Sigma Black belt is an advanced training programme with a 5 day training workshop and participants earn their certification after successfully completing practical projects at their respective companies. The duration allowed is approximately 6 months from the date of completion of the training and exam.

The tentative Training Days are:

  • 3rd Quarter - 16 to 20 July 2018
  • 4th Quarter 12 to 16 November 2018

Course Fee: US$750 /Delegate

Deadline for Registration is at least 5 working days before the training date.

5% Early bird Discount for participants that register at least 10 working days before the training date.

CZI Post Budget Review Breakfast Meeting

Venue: Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge Harare

Date: Friday, 23 November 2018

Time: 0700hours

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) will be hosting a Post-Budget Breakfast meeting to review the 2019 Budget .

Business community and interested stakeholders are invited to this very important event, to have a face to face engagement with Hon. Minister of Finance & Economic Development.

For registration & costs please contact:

email: mchivende@czi.co.zw mobile: 0772 944 972

email: nmatole@czi.co.zw mobile: 0773 841 579
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