2019: Wrapping up a Productive Year at Tooling U-SME

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on December 28, 2019

Tooling U-SME Wrapping up the Year 2019

Everything we do at Tooling U-SME is intentional. We exist to build the skills of the manufacturing workforce and fill the industry's pipeline with highly qualified talent. Our primary goal is to enhance the capabilities of the very people who will help their companies drive quality, improve efficiency, increase productivity, expand innovation and ultimately gain profitability.

As industry 4.0 gains momentum, and advanced technologies continue to make their way into industrial operations, more and more manufacturers are starting to transform their factories. And although there's still a vast majority of manufacturers that have yet to begin making their digital transition journey, many are aware of the consequences that come with staying stagnate. So, instead of waiting, they're taking small strides to convert their facilities into state-of-the-art complexes and get their workforce ready at the same time.

Our team spent a good portion of 2019 focusing on Industry 4.0 and explaining the importance of adopting sophisticated systems and engaging the right talent. We've dedicated time at events and conferences like FABTECH and the America Makes MMX members meeting, sharing insights and best practices on how leaders and managers can prepare their workforce for new opportunities that come with revolutionary change. We also talked about what companies can do to leverage the knowledge and skills of a multigenerational workforce that includes the silent generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and Gen Z — all at the same time.

And that's not all. We announced new partnership agreements and product launches designed to support manufacturers as they prepare their most valuable asset — their employees — for the future. Our latest collaborations with NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) and Lincoln Electric allow us to reach and educate more individuals in the manufacturing workforce.

Earlier in the year, we introduced a series of streamlined online training classes dedicated to the NIMS Fast-Track training program, which directly aligns with the organization's Machining Level 1 credentials. By partnering with NIMS, we can ensure our learning and development and training programs line up with industry credentials, as well as validate job competencies to our corporate partners, educators and students.

Building on more than a decade of collaborating, our extended partnership with Lincoln Electric allows us to administer the company's flagship welding curriculum platform, U/LINC. This collaboration is a significant move because we can now provide curriculum to a broader pool of current and future workers who need training in the welding sector.

In addition to our partnerships, we launched several new products across the manufacturing portfolio and released three new reports designed to help manufacturers:

We are incredibly honored to work in an industry of such great importance and achievements as we embark on the 4th Industrial Revolution and can't wait to see what the future holds. I'm sure the new year will bring new opportunities that will help us all further advance our illustrious industry and build the competencies of our dedicated workforce.

From everyone at Tooling U-SME, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to reconnecting with you in 2020!

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