Tying Training ROI to the Bottom Line

  • Date: April 04, 2016
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

One of the frequently asked questions at our recent tuX event was: how do I convince upper management there is a return on investment (ROI) for training?

It’s a common struggle. While human resources teams, plant managers and supervisors recognize that substandard training can lead to productivity, quality and safety concerns, many don’t know how to communicate the value of investing in human capital to higher-level decision makers. Read More.

Dial Up? What’s That?

  • Date: February 18, 2016
  • Posted by:Therese Schustrich, Account Executive Workforce Education, Tooling U-SME

It’s amazing to look back and see just how far technology has come in a few short years.
I was reminded of this recently when talking with our friends (and long-time customers) over at Ogden-Weber Tech College in Ogden, Utah. Back in 2004, responding to local employer need for a strong pipeline of manufacturing workers, the school placed a bold bet on technology. They introduced online training as part of a blended learning approach.
As Bret Holmes, machinist coordinator and instructor, reminded us, “Back in 2004, there was no T-1 connection – it was all dial up.”  Read More.

Concerned about your bottom line? Join us at tuX!

  • Date: January 28, 2016
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

Our customers tell us their biggest challenges are around assessing, training and developing their workforce to achieve real results. Sound familiar?
If so, we invite you to join us at our annual tuX event, where Tooling U-SME gathers together industry leaders and customers to talk about pressing issues related to the future of manufacturing. We guarantee some lively conversation!

At this year’s gathering, March 7-9, 2016, in Nashville, we again expect valuable information-sharing, networking and problem-solving as we focus on how to maximize the bottom line impact of training programs. Read More.

Trending: Flexible Learning

  • Date: January 12, 2016
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

After reading all the 2016 trend lists featuring items like virtual reality devices, raw milk cheese, and fringe, I started thinking about trends in manufacturing training. I dub 2016 the year of Flexible Learning. Here’s why:

Customizable and flexible programs are an excellent model for schools across the country that are looking for better ways to create programs that develop the skilled labor local manufacturers need.  Read More.

Back to School: Four Tips for Building Engagement From Day One

  • Date: January 04, 2016
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

In his book, Y-size Your Business, Jason Ryan Dorsey writes that millennials make a decision about whether to stay with a company long-term by the end of the first day. The first day of school is equally as important.
The beginning of a new school year, or the start of a new semester, is the perfect time for educators to review their introductory approach to ensure that they are connecting with students from day one, leading to rapid engagement, lower drop rates and a thriving student body. Read More.

The Gift of State Funding & Productivity Gains

  • Date: December 17, 2015
  • Posted by:Gretchen Schultz, Director of Workforce Development, Tooling U-SME

Few places are as charming as Newburyport, Mass. during the holiday season. Think twinkle lights, festive trees and holiday strolls on cobblestone streets.
Yet, this historic town is more than a pretty face; it’s also substance as the home of a growing manufacturer that leads the way in workforce development: Arwood Machine Corporation, a high precision machine shop. Read More.

Surprising Material Molds Young Manufacturers

  • Date: November 05, 2015
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

Educators in Snohomish, Washington, have discovered a source material that young students are hungry to work with: chocolate.
Started last year, a popular summer camp dubbed “Chocolate Factory” is run by the Snohomish School District and takes place through the Science & Arts Academy at Snohomish High School. Classes are open to students entering grades 1-8. Read More.

Competency Models Show Clear Career Pathways

  • Date: September 30, 2015
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

More than ever, employees insist on seeing clear career pathways. World-class companies know that creating and administering a formal training program supporting this desire is a competitive advantage. Read More.

Seven Tips for Working with Millennials

  • Date: August 24, 2015
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

A recent article in The New York Times, “Oh, to Be Young, Millennial, and So Wanted by Marketers,” makes it clear that businesses are trying to figure out this generation which just passed baby boomers as the largest group in the American workforce. Read More.

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