Improving the Workforce with the Power of Three

  • Date: May 16, 2017
  • Posted by:Duane Hebert

This week, we were fortunate that the 2017 Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Conference took place right in our hometown of Cleveland.

And, I got to share the podium with Craig McAtee, Executive Director, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers to deliver a presentation called, “Creating, Managing and Maintaining a High Performing Workforce by Partnering with the ‘Power of 3.’” Read More.

Apprenticeship Expands Workforce and Changes Lives

  • Date: May 11, 2017
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

Tooling U-SME is proud to congratulate our partners at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) for being recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) with the ApprenticeshipUSA Leader designation for developing and delivering apprenticeship education that meets the needs of employers and employees.

Through grant funding, RCBI offers apprenticeships to traditionally underrepresented populations such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities, expanding the pool of qualified workers. This fast-track program also can lead to direct certifications, establishing journey-level credentials desperately needed by today’s manufacturers. Read More.

Pulse Check: Workforce Insights Revealed

  • Date: May 08, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

This week, we had an extraordinary opportunity to gather manufacturers together from across the country at our annual tuX event – and get a read on how things are going in the industry related to training and development.

Some feedback was not surprising. For instance, a poll of attendees found that nearly everyone (98%) said production is impacted by lack of skilled workers.

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OJT Best Practices: Part II

  • Date: April 28, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Last week, we started looking at best practices for on-the-job training (OJT).

With an incoming pipeline of unskilled workers, OJT is more important than ever. Manufacturers that are out in front of the skills gap are formalizing — and validating — the transfer of knowledge from seasoned employees to younger members of the workforce. Read More.

OJT Best Practices: Part I

  • Date: April 21, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

The retirement of millions of experienced and knowledgeable workers is creating a situation similar to that during World War II. At that time in history, the incumbent manufacturing workforce went off to fight, leaving a skills gap. A “new” workforce was needed – and had to be trained quickly. (Hello Rosie the Riveter!)

While the reasons are different, the need to train quickly, and effectively, is once again a priority today. Read More.

Building That Pipeline. One Apprentice at a Time.

  • Date: April 13, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

At Tooling U-SME, we have the privilege of working with hundreds of manufacturers of all sizes across the country. We hear about their challenges with filling the people pipeline and are happy to share winning strategies and solutions from other companies that once faced similar struggles.

One company we hold up as a role model is KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools (KSPT), based in Munroe Falls, Ohio, which produces solid carbide cutting tools. This 65-year-old manufacturer is the epitome of a high-impact learning organization (HILO). Read More.

Drive Business Results: Lessons from tuX Experts

  • Date: April 06, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

As our upcoming high-performance workforce conference tuX approaches, I am so inspired. . . and encouraged about the future of manufacturing.

This is our sixth tuX event, and it keeps getting better. This year’s gathering presents the best of theory and application when it comes to building a high-performance workforce and driving measureable business results.

Kevin Martin, Chief Research and Marketing Officer, i4cp, a human capital research and data firm, will kick it off with a keynote address, “Four Steps to Building a Learning Culture.” Read More.

The Ultimate Industry Meet Up

  • Date: March 30, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Each year, the team at Tooling U-SME is privileged to host an event that celebrates an astounding show of industry camaraderie and shared commitment to the future of manufacturing. The venue is tuX, our annual gathering of manufacturers passionate about developing a high-performance workforce.

It is an impressive meet up of whip-smart professionals — often competitors — focused on how the development of human capital can bring a valuable return on investment to their organization. Read More.

Identifying Training ROI in Four Steps

  • Date: March 23, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

While world-class manufacturers know an investment in human capital is critical for achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage, less savvy companies relegate training and development to a minor expense line in the annual budget.

For the benefit of the industry, and our nation, which relies on a strong manufacturing sector for prosperity, this must change. Training and development needs to be treated like other investments presented to top management, with value substantiated. Read More.

CTE Programs: Overcoming Funding Challenges

  • Date: March 16, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

As graduation approaches, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs around the country are focused on preparing high school students to be employer-ready.

Manufacturers eagerly await this influx of students into the workforce. Without a doubt, CTE plays a large role in solving the skills gap.

Yet with continuing budget cuts, many CTE programs face financial challenges related to program funding for up-to-date curriculum, equipment, and technology. This impacts their ability to develop the next generation of workers. Read More.

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