Industry Leadership Training Program

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Jonathan Levy
Director, Member Services
(202) 662-8530

Yard Worker

University of Texas at Austin Members Only

Bringing on a new manager to lead a team can be a daunting task. That task can be an even greater challenge if he or she has limited knowledge of the recycling industry. How do you educate these managers? Where do you start?

ISRI’s Leadership and Management Training Program is geared to newer managers, but open to anyone seeking to build on their experience.

The program has been intentionally limited to 35 students on a first come first served basis. The small size will give students the opportunity to build relationships with peers that can last a lifetime in this industry.

ISRI has reserved a room block at the University of Texas’ AT & T Executive Education and Conference Facility. This hotel and conference center offers a variety of sleeping accommodations, a fitness center, and high speed wired/wireless internet. Please keep in mind that you will still be required to present a credit card to cover incidental charges (such as room service, long distance phone calls, gifts or other items charged to the room, etc.) or on-site parking.

  • Buying and Selling Scrap: Understanding your Inventiory – In this course, you’ll learn the basic concepts of buying and selling scrap. The course will discuss the pros & cons of “timing the market”, warehousing scrap for a “rainy day”, hedging and other strategies that are commonly used for buying and selling scrap.
  • Accounting & Finance – This course is geared for new managers that may not have a financial background. It will discuss important aspects such as the difference between a financial statement and a balance sheet, the importance of cash flow, lines of credit and the cost of money.
  • Environmental Law – This course will give your new manager an understanding of the key legal and legislative concepts that impact the scrap industry. Issues such as stormwater regulation, the Superfund Liability Equity Act, community issues such as permitting and zoning will be covered.
  • Developing Proper Maintenance and Transportation Plans – The key to running a profitable and efficient scrapyard is minimizing the amount of downtime your equipment experiences. A maintenance plan can ensure production quotas don’t slip and that the equipment operates at its peak efficiency. In this course, you’ll learn how to develop a maintenance plan and the elements that are required to make it a success.
  • Employee Relations and Understanding Workplace Compliance – The scrap industry is governed by an alphabet soup of regulatory and legal compliance issues. Scrapyards that do not comply are open to major legal action from a host of government enforcement agencies. This course will cover some of these regulations and also discuss other issues that may impact the management of employees.
  • The importance of running a Safe Scrap Yard – This course will discuss the importance of developing a culture of safety within your company, OSHA and the regulations that govern employee safety. It will also discuss why safety is important from an economic standpoint in reducing workman’s comp claims, reducing downtime and why reducing and mitigating hazards at the scrapyard are so important.