Job Seekers and Employers Benefit From Community Training Programs
John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME on
December 04, 2018
Tooling U-SME’s Industry Pulse: 2018 Workforce Manufacturing Report shows that despite feeling the impact of the workforce shortage, many manufacturers aren’t taking the necessary steps to combat the skills gap. Yet, many are, and these innovative manufacturers are reaching out to their local communities for support.
Local workforce boards and other community resources can be and should be part of the solution to the manufacturing skills gap. Manufacturers are now realizing they must become part of the solution to attract younger generations to manufacturing as baby boomers continue to retire. Local employment programs and community and technical colleges can be a great source for building the talent pipeline that local businesses will need in years to come.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) is one example of a not-for-profit organization working to fill local manufacturers’ workforce pipeline by providing necessary training to community members. With over 30 regional manufacturers providing input into the curriculum, NEPIRC has prepared military veterans for placement within high-demand, well-paying manufacturing jobs.
In partnership with Lackawanna College, and with support from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and several area manufacturers, NEPIRC designed a curriculum focused on soft skills, fundamental industrial skills, and plant tours. Training was provided by NEPIRC’s staff of experts, Lackawanna College faculty, and Tooling U-SME. It’s important to note that the curriculum was developed with significant input from local manufacturers to assure alignment with their specific skill requirements.
As a result of the NEPIRC program, job-seekers graduated with the skills local employers need and the potential to build a lifelong career. Additionally, local manufacturers have a wider pool of qualified candidates to choose from, and can contribute to job growth in the community.
This is just one of many programs nationwide that educates students and workforce trainees in the basic, foundational skills for advanced manufacturing and enables them to choose a specialized career pathway.
Tooling U-SME partners with the American Job Center Network and workforce development agencies nationwide to deliver online curriculum in the advanced manufacturing sector that builds a pipeline of skilled workers, supports pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and aligns with nationally recognized certifications.
Get in touch with us today to learn how we can collaborate with workforce development education providers and manufacturers to design a program that builds your talent pipeline.
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