That Next Generation: Achieving Results, Retention and Reasonable Expectations

  • Date: November 29, 2018
  • Posted by:Denise Ball, Regional Client Executive and Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

Everyone’s talking about the manufacturing skills gap, and many are saying: “There are not enough skilled trained workers.” “My workforce bench is retiring and taking their knowledge with them.” “I don’t have the resources or patience to deal with training this new generation!”

Let’s face it, the problems are not going away. One solution is to change the way manufacturers are thinking about the future and about the generation that can help them pave the way to success. Read More.

Industry-Education Partnerships Help Solve the Manufacturing Skills Gap

  • Date: November 13, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Emerging technologies and partnerships were the overarching theme at this year’s National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers’ (NCATC) recent 30 th-anniversary conference. Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and work-based learning were catalysts for discussions about training a new generation, bringing trainers up-to-speed with new technology and providing manufacturers with flexible solutions for workforce education. Read More.

A journey of personal continuous improvement through Lean Certification

  • Date: November 06, 2018
  • Posted by:Chad Vincent, Director of Lean Manufacturing, American Railcar Industries

Chad Vincent is the director of lean manufacturing for American Railcar Industries (ARI) in Saint Charles, Missouri, where he leads the Lean Enterprise Program for the organization. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and is Lean Bronze Certified (LBC), Lean Silver Certified (LSC) and Lean Gold Certified (LGC). In this guest blog post, he reflects on his personal lean journey. Read More.

Community Programs and Online Learning Provide Solutions for Skills Gap

  • Date: October 30, 2018
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

The manufacturing skills gap affects companies of all sizes, in all industries, in all parts of the country. Up to 2 million manufacturing jobs remain unfilled – and for small- and medium-sized companies in remote areas, filling the workforce pipeline can be a considerable challenge.

In the recently released Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Report, Tooling U-SME found that many actions companies can take to develop and retain employees are within their control, yet the majority are not taking these steps. Read More.

Strike the Right Balance: Boost Training Without Sacrificing Production

  • Date: October 23, 2018
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

For years, the “the skills gap” has been threatening to slow growth in the manufacturing industry. At IMTS last month, Tooling U-SME released the Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report which shows that despite repeated warnings, still little has been done when it comes to combatting the dangers of retirements, a decreased talent pipeline and the need for new, advanced technology skills. In fact, only two out of five companies (41%) agree that their company trains people to develop the right skills. Read More.

Model for Career Tech High School Provides Career and College Pathways

  • Date: October 16, 2018
  • Posted by:John Green, Instructor, Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS)

John Green, a precision machine technology instructor from Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) in Oberlin, Ohio, shares how he and his team are encouraging students looking for career tech experience to explore career paths and enroll in one of the Lorain County JVS technical programs. Read how students gain skills while earning a diploma from their associate high schools, while businesses in the community support the graduates with job placement in various careers. Read More.

Making Career Development a Priority in America

  • Date: October 10, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Manufacturers in America and around the globe are experiencing challenges finding skilled workers to fill available openings. Although there is optimism for sustained growth in the industry, the sector continues to face retirements and technology advancements that further impact the shortage of skilled workers. Another factor interfering with the industry’s progress is low awareness of, or interest in, manufacturing career opportunities among youth. Read More.

Getting Hands-On with Elearning: Instructor Perspectives

  • Date: October 01, 2018
  • Posted by:Therese Schustrich, Account Executive Workforce Education, Tooling U-SME

For years, instructors in manufacturing have been teaching students with the traditional method of classroom instruction followed by hands-on training in the lab. It’s no secret that they prefer the hands-on portion of that training but know that the theory is mandatory.

More and more instructors are turning to elearning to give them more time in the lab while still providing a comprehensive curriculum for their students. To get a sense of what instructors are doing to keep students integrated and engaged with elearning ... Read More.

Seize Opportunities with Preparation

  • Date: September 26, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Advanced technology gives manufacturers opportunities to innovate, evolve, and grow. Nowhere is this clearer than at IMTS, where more than 2,500 exhibitors displayed state-of-the-art technology that will transform how we make and manage things.

I have been attending IMTS for the last 18 years, and the energy and enthusiasm at this year’s event was the most I have witnessed since 2000. Business is good, confidence is up, and buyers have money to spend. Attendees and exhibitors alike are encouraged by the current strong market. Read More.

College-Sponsored Apprenticeships Are Filling The Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline

  • Date: September 19, 2018
  • Posted by:Rebecca S. Lake, EdD, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Harper College

Rebecca Lake, from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, joins us to discuss the role of community colleges as sponsors of apprenticeship programs to help fill the manufacturing skills gap. Read More.

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