John Vellema originally started his career as a toolmaker within injection molding. This deeply rooted experience working with and understanding of life on the shop floor is one of those experiences you cannot learn in a classroom.
Furthermore John Vellema has served in the Danish Army. Where his last position was First Class Sergeant for a recon unit stationed in Kosovo. After his army career John Vellema earned an engineering degree in Manufacturing and Management at the University of Southern Denmark.
John joined the LEGO Group in 2007 participating in the Supply Chain Graduate Program. In combination with years of coaching teams under the Danish Association of Rowing, the obvious choice was to start as project leader and concept developer. Starting in 2009 and throughout the following three years was spent on the development and implementation of the Global Job Training Organization at LEGO. Through these experiences he has gained a strong understanding of the link between Production, Leadership and Engineering.
In 2012 John Vellema chose to part his ways with the LEGO group, in order to build and create an advisory and training firm - business through people.
Bob Wrona - Executive Director at TWI Institute
On behalf of the TWI Institute:
It has been a great privilege to follow and support John's work over the last 2.5 years at LEGO. As one of the key drivers of this project John used TWI to build a foundation for LEGO's Global Learning Organization by creating standard work on a global scale. The result of his work has moved LEGO to the level where other companies around the globe looking to create a Learning Organization are now benchmarking with LEGO. If you want to implement the TWI Supervisor program and archive global Standard work - we can highly recommend John to lead the way.
Gé Keurentjes - Program manager Lean at Jumbo Supermarkten
John delivered a great job in training our job coaches, managers and professionals. He really had us understand what TWI Job Instruction is all about and made everyone of us enthusiastic about the power of this 70 (!) -year-old method.
Anders Enemærk Pedersen - LEAN Consultant at Per Aarsleff A/S
John has helped us in upstart of a TWI pilot project and has trained our own TWI trainers. In that connection he has shown excellence trainer skills and a superb interaction with our employees. Moreover, he has a big insight and experience with TWI implementing.
Sven Hoppmann - TWI Site Champion bei Novartis Pharma
The TWI Initial Delivery Program provided us with an excellent insight and very pratical, applicable advice about how to start and manage a TWI program! Great facilitation by John throughout the sessions.
Thomas Bøhm Christiansen - First Vice President, Service Operations Development at Danske Bank
I have had the pleasure of Johns assistance in a challenging time. We have been working with TWI for 1½ years with some success, but I knew that we could be sharper and even better in our coaching of trainers. John has been working with employees trainers and my employees and through his expertise in TWI, his very likable personality and his highly competent way of asking question, he has made a huge impact in our understanding of TWI and how far we still have to go. John will if circumstances allows it be a very important part of our further journey.
Jimmi Vincents Salling - Produktionsleder hos Kopenhagen Fur
John Vellema, er en yderst arbejdsom og en meget kompetent person i sit erhverv.
Han udstråler professionalisme i faget, i sine beslutninger og i det efterfølgende arbejde.
Virksomheden har været glade for at blive introduceret og instrueret i TWI, hvor af en stor del af lederne samt medarbjederne har brugt redskabet.
John Vellema, kan varmt anbefales hvis din virksomhed har brug for et skub i den rigtige retning indenfor "training within industries" (TWI)
Jes Bladt - Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at LEGO Operaciones de Mexico
We could not have ramped up our injection molding factory in Mexico so fast, without the Global Job Training Organization - It actual was faster then we had expected. The investment in the training organization and concept, really pay off in the ramp up period - And now it secures that we maintain and future develop our workforce in a structured way
Stephen Burke - Vice President HR and Continuous Improvement, LEGO Group
John develop and anchored our Global Job Training Organization within our Manufacturing sites. This is now one of the reasons, that we at LEGO can expand with the speed we do
Ernest Fuller - CEO, Worldlift Industries
John performed a very solid analysis of our factory and then on that basis developed an implementation plan for LEAN at our facility. We are now in the process of implementing his suggestions and have high expectations for the result.
Wenzel Nielsen - Managing Director, Scancom do Brasil Ltda
In summary John displayed the qualities and knowledge to help any company to implement LEAN, he is able to adapt himself to different cultures and flexible to adapt the program from theory to the real situation.
Jon Eagle - Senior Director, LEGO Production System, LEGO System A/S
I have collaborated with John on several projects in the field of training, job instruction and standardized work here at LEGO. His energy and genuine enthusiasm about the subject matter has certainly been an important factor in driving these internal projects
Jose Luis Gayoso - Lean Area Manager at The LEGO Grouo (Mexico)
A proficient professional capable to build a global network organization working towards specific objectives, he also has the experience and the technical knowledge to implement and support TWI at global level.
Rasmus Jørgensen - Lean consultant at Novo Nordisk A/S
I worked together with John on developing a trainer development programme as a part of a TWI-JI programme at DMS Novo Nordisk A/S. John's experience and knowledge about learning and training helped develop a solid solution based on his former experience and his creativity helped us develop a solution that was adapted to our needs. John's ability to understand needs and wishes and translate them in to solutions made him a pleasure to work with
Pavel Kroupa - HR Lean Consultant, The LEGO Group (Czech Republic)
John has strong managers skills, he is able to motivate and lead people, carry them through changes. He is very good in searching for new opportunities to develop people as well as company
Susanne Lohse - Management System Manager - Corporate Quality, LEGO System A/S
His ability to create and implement the "global learning setup" (based on TWI) ensures global alignment of safety, quality and effective & efficient training in best practice working methods.