It is through a strong commitment to associate development that we are creating a learning culture. TPI offers training to ensure that our associates are not only well-prepared to perform in the role they are hired into, but also invested in further skills development to provide opportunities for growth. Training and development opportunities are offered on a regular basis and include, but are not limited to, new associate orientation, functional onboarding, safety and compliance training, technical learning, and leadership development.
Training data is reported monthly by each manufacturing facility and functional area. Relevant operational indicators are discussed during this period as they reflect the effectiveness of our associate training. TPI provided more than 490,000 hours of training, an average of 32 hours per associate, in 2021.
Leadership development at TPI combines formal learning, individual assessment and development planning, and mentoring. Formal learning is provided at each facility and includes cornerstone skill development such as coaching, situational leadership, and emotional intelligence. In addition, TPI uses competency-based leadership assessments for creating personalized individual development plans. TPI continues to foster a culture of development through selective Mentorship programs. TPI Mentorship programs pair associates with management level leaders who meet regularly to help develop skills and competencies in a professional setting. The Mentorship programs focus on accelerating development for both the mentor and mentee by enhancing skills, promoting cross-organizational relationships, and providing opportunities for professional networking. Formal Mentorships are evaluated on a regular basis to allow participants to share what they learned and provide feedback.
We continue to highlight the expansion of TPI Academy as a critical platform for developing our technical talent. It continues to focus on one of our most critical talent segments, engineering, and has since expanded to incorporate multiple disciplines within TPI such as quality and operations. The goal for our technical engineers and technicians is to use TPI Academy to expand their knowledge of composite technology by learning from our most senior technical talent. Offering an accelerated learning path is helping us to lower costs, improve quality and overall operational excellence. These benefits are critical to the long-term success of TPI and provide a unique competitive advantage with respect to our technical competency.
As we look ahead to our 2022 roadmap, we are adding additional advanced course modules to the curricula, as well as creating and delivering content through diverse modalities to address multiple learning styles. Course metrics are being collected that look beyond course reaction and learning to actual behavioral change and ultimately results. Finally, we are going to focus on our instructors, helping them to expand their current teaching skills. Our goal is to have a culture of learning underpin everything that comes out of TPI Academy.
Compliance is an important part of TPI’s commitment to a strong ethical culture and to protect our reputation as a U.S publicly traded company with operations around the world. To help achieve this commitment, TPI associates receive onboarding, as well as annual refresher training, on subjects that include our Business Code of Conduct & Ethics, Human Trafficking and Slavery, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Diversity & Inclusion, Workplace Harassment, Insider Trading, and Cyber Security. TPI’s Legal and Compliance teams regularly review and refresh our compliance training needs and requirements in order to help protect TPI’s reputation and operations around the world.