Taking Charge of a New Year!

Developing work skills is a top priority in 2017!

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There is a popular T.V. show called “The Voice”. On this show, inspired singers from all walks of life attempt to make an impression on established artists, producers, and a global audience. They do this by performing to a variety of genres throughout a series of performances. The roller coaster ride of the ups and downs of their journey is shared through story and song. As one by one, they are eliminated, the hearts and minds of the audience are captured and helps to identify the nature of trying to achieve in this great land of opportunity known as AMERICA!

 

*So the idea is a search for the hidden talent. Is this not the state of the precision machined industry?

I would argue yes. Not only will you hear my thoughts but what about from some of our leaders within the industry when I had the opportunity to visit their shops who say things like “There is a shortage of highly skilled, motivated, talent” (Bob) or “Workforce development is the future of our company” (Jeff). This helps to validate, and many others will share, that the #1 challenge is finding this hidden talent.

On my journey looking into this challenge, two questions immediately come to mind. Where is the talent? And Is it really hidden? In answering the question where is the talent I have found that it’s here right in front of us. By right here in front of us, I mean taking the time to identify, invest, and develop in the local talent within our community.  That being the case I have noticed a common theme which then leads me to believe that if this is true then THIS TALENT IS NOT HIDDEN, BUT IS UNAWARE! As we take charge of a new year, let’s exhaust every resource in making people aware.

 

 

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What is your passion?

 Join an industry that can take you places!

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  Better yet, lets share how people benefit from what this industry offers.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to get paid while you learn? How would it feel to finish a program knowing that upon completion you would have a job? How would you feel knowing that there is a plan that will take you places? There is an entity out there that partners with organizations, companies, and schools. It’s called the Precision Machine Industry and we are looking for you!

 

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What do we value?

An Investment in People

  • Isn’t it about time that we choose to make a bigger investment in people?
  • When I think of Workforce Development, I think about people. “We are in the people business first, then we make stuff” (Jim).  Image result for together

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Before we talk about the industry, how about we talk about the diverse group of people that make precision machining great. Better yet, lets share how people benefit from what this industry offers. There is unlimited potential within the precision machining industry for people who desire a career, but let’s take a look at the types of individuals who have been successful.

A few of the characteristics are:

  • People who like to work with their hands
  • People who like to problem solve
  • People who take pride in the quality of their work.
  • As one shop owner told me what he looks for first is “Integrity, honesty, intelligence, energy and generosity” (Kevin).

Wouldn’t you want to work in an industry where leaders place these core values as important? Isn’t it time we take a look at who places value in their people?

Training near you!

 

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Time of Joy, Anticipation, and Hope!

 

What are your thoughts on giving?

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‘Tis the season for giving and wishing. A time of joy, anticipation, and hopes for a Happy New Year! While the focus is on family and friends, there are still thoughts about work. How thankful we are compared to what will the new year bring?

After enjoying this time with family and friends, there are a few questions that we might reflect upon:

How about we take this positive energy that we get around this time and use it as inspiration to move forward into the New Year with a plan! A plan where you can “earn as you learn”, work for a company that values employees, and enter an industry that will pay for training and education! It’s not easy or for everyone, but the first step is to reflect upon the image of what we see and decide where we want to be!

 

How about looking at options near you?

 

 

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Help wanted now!

Apprenticeship programs revived for submarine construction

Where are the younger workers? Who will be the boss when the baby boomers retire?

Where are the younger workers? Who will be the boss when the baby boomers retire?

 

  • Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. will need to hire 14,000 people over the next 14 years to build submarines for the U.S. Navy
  • Demand for highly trained people
  • Federal grants used to promote manufacturing and apprenticeship in Connecticut

Once again the need for highly trained people is evident! A U.S. Navy contractor, Electric Boat, is reviving apprenticeship programs to fill the desperate need for hiring skilled talent. The use of an apprenticeship program is key in their strategy for sustaining growth, promoting well-paying jobs, and strengthening the economy.

 

“You can’t walk off the street and go to work at Electric Boat,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat. “You’re operating equipment where the demand for precision requires highly trained people” 

 

Electric Boat is facing the same issue as the Precision Machining Industry. Where do we find highly skilled talent? They are choosing to invest in an apprenticeship program which will provide a means to pass on the skills and knowledge of current workers to incoming employees. Formal apprenticeship training began nearly 70 years ago at the company and they have seen over 4,300 people graduate from their program.

 

More options to training & education near you

 

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Big Win for Manufacturing!

What a feeling! 

“Initiative will enable more companies to provide students and workers with skills for success” – (NIMS)

PMPA member North Easton Machine hosting local students for MFG Day 2014.

PMPA member North Easton Machine hosting local students for MFG Day 2014.

The United States Department of Labor has selected NIMS to be the industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. Apprenticeships provide a model for companies and schools to develop a talent pipeline.

“A registered apprenticeship is a proven work-and-learn model that has a long history of preparing manufacturing workers for success” – Greg Chambers

PMPA is seeking industry and education partners that are interested in developing a workforce to meet the high demand for skilled talent! So what’s the big deal? We have a platform that now creates an opportunity to have more of an impact!

 

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Inspiring Students to Consider Manufacturing Career- Pioneer Service Inc.

“There are more “good” career paths than just college. Manufacturing offers alternatives.”-Rose of Sharon DeVos, Business Development Manager, Pioneer Service Inc.

High school students often feel pressured to attend college, regardless of their abilities and interests. From an engineer to a machinist or a warehouse clerk, manufacturing companies offer great career paths to those willing to work and passionate about developing their talents to the fullest.

Manufacturing offers multiple career options.

Manufacturing offers multiple career options.

On November 18th, the Technology Center of DuPage, located in Addison, Illinois hosted representatives from a number of businesses, vocational and higher education organizations for its College and Career Day. The objective was to educate area high school students on a wide range of careers, including careers in manufacturing.

Rose of Sharon DeVos, Business Development Manager at Pioneer Service Inc. shared the opportunities related to CNC machining and manufacturing in general that are available at Pioneer Service Inc. She shared her personal experience of sixteen years in the industry and that of her son who is recent high school graduate, just starting out on his career in manufacturing.

Read the full story: Inspiring Students

Our industry is facing a shortfall of talent. Efforts like this to change the conversation to help people find great careers are critical to sustaining manufacturing in North America in the years ahead. Tip of the hat to Rose of Sharon DeVos and Pioneer Service Inc. for having that conversation.

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