Gibson Brands Begin TWI Journey

By Norma Wilcox, CIS solutions consultant

Gibson Brands, headquartered in Nashville, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians for years.

Recently, the company was looking for assistance with the implementation of TWI (Training Within Industry) at their manufacturing facilities. Gibson Brands chose The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services to provide training for them in the TWI, Job Instruction Program. They have many skilled craftsmen creating the guitars and were looking for a way to impart the knowledge to new employees. The initial training was completed in December 2019 by Keith Groves, UT CIS Solutions Consultant and received very positive reactions from the participants.

TWI is a proven job training method designed to provide supervisors with the ability to lead, instruct and improve the methods of their jobs. The TWI approach may help assist companies that are experiencing changing workforce demographics. It provides a method to capture institutional knowledge, skills and experience needed to train the next generation of workers.

Founded in 1894, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. 

UT CIS looks forward to continuing to assist Gibson Brands in the implementation of TWI at their manufacturing facilities.

Did you know? The U.S. government developed Training within Industry (TWI) during World War II to help U.S. companies rapidly increase production output.