5 Reasons Training Must Go Beyond Onboarding

  • Date: August 08, 2017
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

Happily, we see the industry embracing onboarding as a way to quickly and effectively shift new hires to full productivity. We applaud companies that are implementing a formal training approach at this important time in an employee’s lifecycle.

But training can’t stop there. Too often, after successful onboarding, training falters. Employees are left to navigate a web of informal learning and development tactics in the form of job shadowing and tribal knowledge sharing. Read More.

Leadership: Time to Engage with Workforce Development

  • Date: July 28, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Ask any industry leader if a commitment to human capital drives manufacturing competitiveness, and the response will be overwhelmingly positive. Yes! Well-trained employees support customer satisfaction. Yes! They reduce downtime and safety issues. Yes! They increase productivity, allowing a company to grow.

So when we asked attendees at tuX, our annual event focused on building a high-performance workforce, about leadership engagement in workforce development we were a bit surprised at the answers. Read More.

Forming Strong Alliances to Build High-Performers

  • Date: July 20, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Over the past several months, SME has announced some important partnerships with leading manufacturing organizations to not only accelerate the development of advanced technologies but, these alliances will also strengthen the workforce.

The latest in this growing list of strategic pacts is Tooling U-SME’s recent announcement about partnering with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). As part of a new agreement with the IACMI, our organizations – along with members of the IACMI – will collaborate to expand the availability of advanced training for the composites manufacturing workforce. Together, we will leverage the progress of composites technology to understand the needs of this sector fully. Read More.

tuX Polling #2: Industry Gaps in Training & Development

  • Date: July 18, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

The feedback we received from manufacturers attending tuX, our annual event focused on building a high-performance workforce, provides important insights on industry workforce trends.

In previous posts, we looked at polling results around The Skills Gap, as well as Formalizing, Standardizing and Measuring Training. Today, we are exploring polling results related to gaps in training and development programs.

Through various questions throughout the event, we tested our hypothesis that manufacturers need help formalizing and standardizing training programs. Read More.

tuX Polling #1: Manufacturers Need Help With Formalizing Training

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

Back in May, we gathered manufacturers together from across the country at tuX, our annual event focused on building a high-performance workforce.

To get a pulse on industry workforce trends, we polled attendees onsite. We’d like to share some of those insights in a two-part series.

Today’s topic is around formalized, standardized training and development programs and measuring their return-on-investment (ROI). Read More.

Partnership Strengthens Workforce Development Initiatives

  • Date: July 06, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

At Tooling U-SME, we believe that stronger partnerships provide higher-quality results for all stakeholders. That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the new National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Advisory Council, which brings training programs in line with high-demand skills and knowledge in today’s manufacturing environment. Specifically, our partnership with NIMS aligns Tooling U-SME’s competency-based workforce education with manufacturing industry-driven certifications. Joining the council from Tooling U-SME are Chad Schron, Senior Director, and Gretchen Schultz, Director of Workforce Development.

Working together, Tooling U-SME and NIMS are better able to bridge the gap between both organization’s workforce development initiatives. Read More.

New Michigan Career Pathway Alliance is the right approach – at a pivotal time – for the manufacturing workforce

  • Date: June 30, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

This week, Michigan announced a new alliance, the Michigan Career Pathway Alliance, geared toward supporting students on whatever career path they wish to take, while enhancing opportunities within career technical education (CTE).

Plans proposed by the alliance highlight how industry and educators can come together to create a 21st century education system that supports all students in whatever career path they take. Education today is paramount, but there is more than one path to achieving that education. For the past 20-30 years, the focus has been on encouraging students to go to college and get a four-year degree, often at the expense of careers available through all of the opportunities that come with apprenticeships, technical schools and industry certifications. Read More.

The Collaborative Path to Workforce Solutions

  • Date: June 27, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

I’ve been reminded this month of the importance of collaboration, of partnerships to advance and support manufacturing – specifically, the current workforce development challenges facing us.

It’s opportunity, of course, in the guise of challenge. Opportunity for partnerships with industry, small enterprises, education, advocacy and training groups like SME to work together and find meaningful solutions. Opportunity for government at every level to engage and support: to participate in the creation of solutions. It may be the most important work of our careers. Read More.

Be a HILO: 7 Best Practices

  • Date: June 20, 2017
  • Posted by:Dave Ewers

Investing in people is as critical as investing in equipment or technology when it comes to remaining ahead of the competition.

According to a study by Bersin & Associates, high-impact learning organizations (HILO) with a strong learning foundation in place, tend to significantly outperform their peers in several areas: Read More.

Cox Manufacturing: A Model Apprenticeship Program

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

This week we've heard about the White House championing efforts to build a stronger workforce by expanding training initiatives such as apprenticeship programs. At Tooling U-SME, we are already working with leading companies embarking on these learn-and-earn programs to develop the future workforce. Read More.

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