Increasing the Manufacturing Talent Pipeline with Pre-Apprenticeships

  • Date: February 13, 2020
  • Posted by:Conrad Mercurius, Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing Tech, Raritan Valley Community College

Today we welcome Conrad Mercurius, Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing Tech at Raritan Valley Community College, who joins us to discuss how to attract young talent to the manufacturing workforce and engage them in exciting careers. Read More.

Part II: Ask These Questions Before Launching an Elearning Program

  • Date: February 04, 2020
  • Posted by:Katie Strand, Client Success Manager, Tooling U-SME

Recently, we posted the first installment of our two-part series about the essential questions you should ask before launching an elearning program. This is a subject that stirs up a lot of conversation. Read More.

SME Education Foundation Scholarships Available

  • Date: January 29, 2020
  • Posted by:Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation

Today we welcome Rob Luce, Vice President of the SME Education Foundation, for insights into the Foundation’s crucial role in addressing the manufacturing skills gap. Read More.

Part I: Ask These Questions Before Launching an Elearning Program

  • Date: January 21, 2020
  • Posted by:Katie Strand, Client Success Manager, Tooling U-SME

Leadership has green-lighted a new elearning program, and you are excited to roll it out. You smile thinking about the productivity gains which will lead to cost savings. You know offering this training benefit will motivate your teams and build loyalty. Read More.

Manufacturing Training On the Go

  • Date: January 07, 2020
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

Recently, Tooling U-SME launched a new mobile app for manufacturing training – and it’s quickly picking up steam. Users — especially the younger generations — love that they can complete training anywhere.

Here’s a quick overview. For Android and Apple mobile devices, including phones and tablets, the app allows you to: Read More.

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

  • Date: December 28, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

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. Read More.

Addressing the Future of Manufacturing at WESTEC

  • Date: December 04, 2019
  • Posted by:Greg Surtman, Workforce Development Strategist, Tooling U-SME

I was fortunate enough to not only attend WESTEC this year, but also participate as a panelist and moderator, serve as emcee and lead an interactive Knowledge Bar session. WESTEC has been the leading California manufacturing event for over 56 years. More than 8,000 manufacturers from the aerospace, medical, industrial machinery, automotive and fabricated metal industries come together to participate in world-class exhibits, industry-led education sessions, and networking events. The show spanned 91,000 square feet and hosted 425+ exhibiting companies. Read More.

New Report: Balancing Operations and Training

  • Date: November 12, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Implementing a comprehensive, consistent learning and development program can seem daunting. But it doesn’t need to be.

We hear from a lot of manufacturers who are at risk. They need training to move their organizations forward, reduce quality errors, meet customer demands, and grow — but they resist taking teams away from the day-to-day operations for this training because they don’t have enough people. Read More.

Building an Industry 4.0 Career Pathway

  • Date: October 29, 2019
  • Posted by:Sue Mueller, Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

Recently I attended the 31st annual National Coalition of Advanced Technology Center (NCATC) conference, “Moving Industry 4.0 Forward: Models for Competency-Based Credentialing and Career Pathways.” Read More.

Opening the World of Manufacturing to Kids

  • Date: October 04, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME has been an advocate of Manufacturing Day since the program’s inception in 2012. Over the years, we have supported academic programs and provided high schools, community colleges and universities with curriculum to prepare the next-generation workforce for successful and fulfilling careers in manufacturing. We do this because we believe in the strength of the industrial sector and the resilience of its people. Read More.

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