Tooling U-SME Debuts Immersive Virtual Labs at tuX

  • Date: June 08, 2022
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Today is a big day for Tooling U-SME. It’s the start of our annual tuXperience, held this year in Pittsburgh, co-located with the Smart Manufacturing Experience. For two days, we are gathering with customers from across the country to discuss challenges and solutions around a priority in the manufacturing industry: workforce development. Read More.

Honoring the Best in Manufacturing Training

  • Date: May 17, 2022
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

We are thrilled to announce that SME’s 2022 Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award goes to AGC Automotive North America, a world-leading manufacturer of Automotive Safety Glass, based in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Congratulations to the AGC training team! Read More.

Improving Your Leadership Skills

  • Date: January 05, 2022
  • Posted by:Dave Ewers, Director of Content Development, Tooling U-SME

Manufacturers increasingly want and need actionable advice to help them lead more effectively. So we partnered with an expert in leadership training, Robin Storti, for a four-part webinar series dedicated to leadership in manufacturing. Read More.

Where Are We Now? Mission Critical: Workforce 2021

  • Date: December 21, 2021
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Back in 2011, we asked the industry a simple yet essential question: Is your workforce ready?

At that time, despite high general unemployment, a critical shortage of skilled workers threatened the future of manufacturing in America. Tooling U-SME — and other experts — predicted that if the skills gap was not immediately addressed, the crisis would dangerously accelerate in the next decade. Read More.

FABTECH Lessons: Attract & Retain Manufacturing Workforce

  • Date: December 14, 2021
  • Posted by:Denise Ball, Regional Client Executive and Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

Earlier this fall, thousands made their way to FABTECH 2021, a welcome in-person gathering after a pandemic-required sabbatical. Read More.

Uniquely Abled Academy & STEMbassadors Build Manufacturing Workforce

  • Date: December 09, 2021
  • Posted by:Lori Byrne and Krista Maurer, Account Executives Workforce Education, Tooling U-SME

We’ve been highlighting workforce development programs across the country that are providing exciting career paths to employees and helping employers build the talent pipeline they need. Read More.

Honoring the Best in Manufacturing Training

  • Date: November 04, 2021
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

We love this time of the year when we get to present the SME Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award. Now in its second year, the award honors a manufacturer that demonstrates an exceptional commitment and dedication to upskilling the workforce, enhancing talent, and preparing new and incumbent employees for a successful career in the manufacturing industry. Read More.

John Jay Center: Collaboration Key to Workforce Development

  • Date: October 28, 2021
  • Posted by:Sue Mueller, Senior Workforce Development Strategist, Tooling U-SME

Throughout the country, schools are doing great work building the manufacturing talent pipeline. The common denominator when it comes to producing career-ready graduates is a close collaboration with local manufacturers. Read More.

Certifications Offer Students Advantages Entering Manufacturing Workforce

  • Date: October 19, 2021
  • Posted by:Lori Byrne and Krista Maurer, Account Executives Workforce Education, Tooling U-SME

Even with job openings in all industries surging, landing that first entry-level job can be a challenge.

A recent analysis of LinkedIn job listings from December 2017 through August 2021 shows “entry level” job positions often demand years of prior experience. Read More.

Local Organizations Connect Underserved Communities to Career Pathways

  • Date: September 08, 2021
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

Recently, we highlighted two organizations — Robert C. Byrd Institute and Jane Addams Resource Corporation — that are making an important difference by providing job training and skills development to underserved communities.

Now we’d like to introduce you to two additional programs that are building an important pipeline of entry-level manufacturing employees while providing family-sustaining wages and promising careers to individuals in local communities. Read More.

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