Watch and Listen



Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report


Listen to a discussion about the skills gap and real-world solutions with panelists including:

  • Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME and vice president of training and development
  • Michael Freed, Manager, Manufacturing Solutions, Workforce Development, Sinclair Community College
  • Delane Sloan, Senior Manager of Human Resources at F&P America


“Lean In” to Continuous Improvement


Lean methodology aims to deliver maximum value while minimizing waste. When implemented as an overarching business philosophy, lean drives sustainable improvements and results within an organization, offering immense value for both businesses and individuals. Implementing lean can encourage an organization’s continuous improvement and long-term competitive success through the relentless pursuit of eliminating waste, overburden, and unevenness or irregularities. Individuals who earn Lean Certification often drive cultural changes and lead an organization’s transformation into a Lean Enterprise.



Filling the Manufacturing Skills Gap with College-Sponsored Apprenticeships


Rebecca Lake PhD., Dean of Workforce Development at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, describes how the school is spearheading college-sponsored apprenticeship programs to fill the skills gap for local manufacturers.



Learning the ROI on Training


Learning the ROI on Training: How to Effectively Measure the Return on Investment of Employee Learning and Development Programs. Stakeholders of workforce learning and development programs can change the narrative regarding the importance of a well-trained workforce’s positive impact on the business. Companies who invest in high-impact learning and development yield large gains in productivity and quality.



21st Century Apprenticeship: Building Employee Pipelines, Engagement and Retention


Employers need to find ways to develop and retain highly skilled workers. Apprenticeship programs are a structured way to build high performers and provide career pathways for employees. But, today’s apprenticeship programs are not like your father’s apprenticeship programs. Flexibility and employer-driven competencies are core to the modern approach to apprenticeship.



Optimize Your Manufacturing Hands-on Training Using E-Learning

April 25, 2018

For years, instructors in manufacturing have been teaching students with the traditional method of classroom related instruction then hands-on training in the lab. And it’s no secret that they prefer the hands-on portion of that training but know that the theory is mandatory. Today we’re discussing how to provide you, the instructor, with what you want, more time in the lab and less administrative tasks like writing curriculum, long hours of classroom lectures and grading exams.



Embracing Millennials: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap and Gaining a Competitive Edge


It’s no secret that the future of manufacturing will be in jeopardy if the industry does not face the growing skills gap. The baby boomers are retiring and manufacturers are falling short with skilled succession plans behind them. The solution to this critical challenge is right in front of us. Millennials represent our greatest opportunity to meet the workforce needs! Tooling U-SME will discuss how Millennials, with their curiosity and desire to push boundaries, offer a unique perspective for the workplace: one that can lead to loyal employees and strong business results.





Building a Multigenerational Manufacturing Workforce

November 8, 2019

The Multigenerational Workforce is happening NOW and manufacturers are scrambling to understand how to manage the influx of a new generation workforce that will merge with legacy workers in place.

Listen to Tooling U-SME’s new podcast, Managing the Multigenerational Workforce featuring Denise Ball, Workforce Development Specialist at Tooling U-SME, as she discusses the challenges and solutions for attracting, retaining and sustaining the workers in this new manufacturing environment.

Go to Podcast»


Tackling Employee Turnover

June 25, 2019

Manufacturers lose millions of dollars each year due to employee turnover. Jeannine Kunz, vice president at Tooling U-SME, talks with Chris Mahar, associate editor of Manufacturing Engineering, about Tooling U-SME’s recent “The True Cost of Turnover” report and the impact that employee turnover has on manufacturing productivity. In addition to talking about the impacts turnover has on manufacturing operations, Kunz shares ways manufacturers can retain employees and boost productivity.

Go to Podcast»


The Growing Skills Gap and How Manufacturers Can Close It

November 18, 2018

Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME, discusses the Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report and the concern that manufacturers still aren’t taking the necessary steps to combat the skills gap.

Go to Podcast»


Think You Know What’s Causing the Skills Gap in Automotive? Think Again

September 19, 2017

Sharing findings from a survey of 300 automotive industry manufacturers, Jeannine Kunz, VP of Tooling U-SME, says the introduction of new technology is seen as the main contributor to the skills gap in manufacturing. “Essentially, technology is outpacing our people.” Yes, the pipeline is still an issue. Yes, baby boomers leaving the market is still an issue. But the swift current of new technology is negatively impacting productivity, innovation, quality and safety. Tooling U-SME works to help companies tackle all of the problems. “All too often, we see manufacturers not necessarily tying human capital strategy to their manufacturing strategy or their business strategy.” Human capital can be a competitive advantage. “All of us can buy the same equipment. And all of us can buy the same technologies. What we really can’t duplicate are the human beings. Each of us is very different. So it’s the ‘secret weapon’ of the people behind the operation that truly can create a competitive advantage,” Kunz says.

Go to Podcast»


Tooling U-SME Prepares to Unveil Additive Certification

April 19, 2017

Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME, details how awareness of AM's capabilities is clearly on the rise: Some big manufacturers are focusing on what AM means to their human capital, and AM is often being incorporated into existing roles. Kunz also discusses how Tooling U-SME can help customers increase their use of additive technologies while the world waits for

Go to Podcast»


How is Tooling U-SME Helping Develop the Manufacturing Workforce?

February 28, 2016

Jeannine Kunz, the director of Tooling U-SME, about how workforce development is changing in an area where manufacturers struggle to find workers. Learn how Tooling U-SME helps small, medium and large manufacturers prepare a plan to keep their current

Go to Podcast»