Partnership in Workforce Education Drives Business Results

  • Date: May 31, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

We always advise our customers developing a new or enhanced training program to attach their goals to business results. After all, the desired end-result of a training program is a strong company, which contributes to a strong nation.

And we are always excited to partner with organizations that speak the same language. Read More.

Making Way with Additive

  • Date: May 25, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

With all the buzz surrounding additive manufacturing, you’d think it was created yesterday. The truth is, additive has been around for quite a while—since the early 1980s. What makes this technology so exciting right now is its affordability and the advances in materials that are now hitting the market. With prices as low as $500, just about anyone can buy a 3D printer today. And the advances in materials, especially in metals, are helping to bring this futuristic technology to mainstream manufacturing. Read More.

Smart Manufacturing Magazine Sponsors Talent Contest

  • Date: May 24, 2017
  • Posted by:Brett Brune

Today, we welcome Brett Brune, Editor in Chief of Smart Manufacturing, as a guest blogger. Brett asks readers to sing their hearts out about the importance of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) coming together. Yes, it’s the first-ever Smart Manufacturing talent contest! Come together and send in those entries! Read More.

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, Chief Workforce Development Officer, 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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