'Signing Day' not just for athletes anymore
"Signing Day" recognizes graduating seniors who have "signed on" to work for local employers instead of attending college. First-timers this year included Perry Central and Tell City high schools in southern Indiana; to honor those seniors who have chosen to go straight into the workforce, landing jobs in such occupations as construction, cosmetology, manufacturing and information technology.
How Manufacturers are Tackling the Skills Gap
Manufacturing executives have been losing sleep over the worker shortage for a few years. The situation only continues to accelerate, however. Today, the worker deficit has begun hitting companies squarely in the bottom line --during the first quarter of 2019 more than 25% manufacturers had to turn down new business opportunities due to a lack of workers, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Waupaca Foundry Provides Teacher Externship Opportunity
A part of the CESA 8 Career Academy Teacher Externship (CATE) Program, Waupaca Foundry in Marinette, Wisconsin mentored Cathy Smiley, a chemistry and environmental geology teacher from Marinette High School, for her summer externship.
How employers’ attention to training keeps them ahead of the industry
In a rapidly changing environment, employers allowing their organizations to fall behind in training is no longer an option. Keeping pace with this type of change requires an ongoing investment in tra...
Foundry in a box
Iola-Scandinavia Elementary students get ready to make fidget spinners with Waupaca Foundry workers through the Foundry in a Box program. Photo credit: Holly Neumann
Waupaca Foundry donation bolsters local career programs
PERRY COUNTY – Efforts to promote among local students a healthy affinity for financial literacy, hard sciences, trade skills and how those fields tie into modern manufacturing received a shot in the arm Tuesday afternoon as both Perry Central and Tell City high schools were presented with $2,500 checks from Waupaca Foundry. This windfall will go to support Junior Achievement programs at the schools, which should help both teachers and students involved in the effort expand their horizons.
After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.
The Only Manufacturing Skills Shortage That Matters
How does a manufacturing company leader solve the skills gap? By emphasizing the only capability that truly matters. Worry less about your current position opening, and more about finding someone who is interested in learning and growing.
Teens build boat and learn about skilled trades
Two nonprofits teach Milwaukee teens craftsmanship skills to address the decline in skilled trade workers. The B2L board decided to start with a construction-based project because that is where demands are the highest. However, the program also will provide students with a strong foundation for manufacturing jobs, said Danny Goldberg, B2L board executive. In the aftermath of the financial crisis and housing collapse, the construction industry saw a dip in employment. As the economy recovered, companies such as C.G. Schmidt struggled to find experienced workers.
Skilled Workers Are Scarce in Tight Labor Market
Small U.S. manufacturers say skilled workers are scarce, forcing them to spend more to find and train specialized employees, as unemployment hovers near a nine-year low. Nearly two-thirds of small businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International, a San Diego executive-advisory group. That could give more Americans access to skilled manufacturing jobs as companies invest the time and resources to bring in less-experienced workers.
Trends Shaping The Return of Manufacturing to U.S.
Tony Glockler, co-founder and CEO of SolidProfessor The standards for U.S. manufacturers to maintain their global competitiveness continue to evolve — and training is one of these. In order to make the most of this shift, it is essential now for these manufacturers to ensure that their American employees are highly skilled and up-to-date with the latest technology and tools.