Apprenticeships — Passé or Panacea? And why all the hype?

  • Date: January 08, 2018
  • Posted by:Bruce Hamm

As the former Director of Business Engagement at MACNY The Manufacturers Association, Bruce Hamm created and developed a Central New York-based registered apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing and acted as business intermediary with the companies and the NY Department of Labor. A partner with Tooling U-SME, he shares his insights about the current state of apprenticeships in America. Read More.

Closing Out a Great Year at Tooling U-SME

  • Date: December 19, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Manufacturing is one of the greatest and most progressive industries in society, playing an integral role in creating productivity, stimulating research and development, and spurring economic growth. Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing processes have changed dramatically, and today we are in the midst of a renaissance that promises to help the sector remain the lifeblood of many economies. With advancements in areas such as Industry 4.0, the sky is the limit for the industry we value so much. Read More.

Improving Lives by Providing Workforce Education and Job Placement

  • Date: December 13, 2017
  • Posted by:Randal Watson

Today, we welcome Randal Watson, Instructor, Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina, one of the technical colleges that partners with Tooling U-SME to train the technology experts of the future. Read More.

Pella Corp: Opening Doors Through Workforce Development

  • Date: December 05, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

A recent IndustryWeek article reported the demand for skilled professionals is at a 10-year high. The manufacturing industry — likely your company too — is actively looking for ways to recruit and retain for open positions, from machinist to welder.

We are inspired by Pella Corporation’s story and approach to this challenge. Based in Pella, Iowa, the company has been creating innovative and high-quality windows and doors for more the 90 years. Read More.

Apprenticeships: A National Industry Standard Through Collaboration

  • Date: November 17, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Today is our last National Apprenticeship Week post but our efforts to build and sustain successful apprenticeship programs continue 365.

Fortunately, an experienced network of experts supports these ongoing efforts. The “team” includes manufacturers, educators, individuals, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), unions, workforce agencies, and community-based organizations. Read More.

Apprenticeships Build Culture

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

The beauty of apprenticeships is that employees get paid while training for skilled positions that will launch them on a promising and lucrative career path. Instead of racking up debt like many students pursuing two-year and four-year college degrees, apprentices earn money while they learn. As we all know, a debt-free education is a huge asset.

Another bonus is that in a Registered Apprenticeship program, certified by the Department of Labor, apprentices receive steady wage increases with proficiency so they are regularly rewarded for their hard work and advancement. Some companies also offer bonuses and other perks along the way. Read More.

Changing Lives: West Va. Women Work Pre-Apprenticeship Program

  • Date: November 15, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Today we want to tell you about two dynamic women who had the courage to change their lives by entering the West Virginia Women Work Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

Frustrated with the erratic hours and non-guaranteed pay structure of her restaurant industry job, Fran Barker, 37, decided to make a change. When the West Virginia Women Work Pre-Apprenticeship Program popped up on an employment search website, Fran thought, “I need this. I can do this!” Read More.

Building a Workforce Pipeline Through Apprenticeship

  • Date: November 14, 2017
  • Posted by:Tim Walker

Today we are pleased to welcome Tim Walker, Training & Development Specialist from Pequot Tool & Manufacturing, a precision machining and fabrication contract manufacturer that is tackling its workforce challenges through apprenticeships.

In a remote area, about three hours north of Minneapolis, sits a small town of 448 and a manufacturer called Pequot Tool & Manufacturing (PTM). PTM offers precision machining and fabrication services, and is a contract manufacturer. We sell expertise. The company was founded in 1981 and has roughly 170 employees. It's a privately held, second-generation, family-owned business, which in itself has some interesting dynamics. Read More.

National Apprenticeship Week is Here!

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

Starting today, to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 13-19), we will share a series of blog posts that introduce you to companies, individuals and educators that are making a difference through apprenticeship programs. Our blog posts about apprenticeships receive our highest readership so we know you are interested in this effective approach to solving the skills gap. Read More.

Lessons from FABTECH

  • Date: November 10, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

FABTECH 2017 has come to an end, closing out a year of great manufacturing industry events for SME. Tens of thousands of people converged on McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual event, which showcased the latest products, developments, and solutions in metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing.

Over the years, we’ve all witnessed manufacturing’s ups and downs and certainly the challenges being faced by the industry. But today, we see renewed faith in the sector’s renaissance, and the biggest reason for so much optimism lies with advanced manufacturing technology. Read More.

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