This week marks the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19). We are excited to take part in this celebration with so many other companies, individuals, and educators that are making a difference through apprenticeship programs. We believe apprenticeships work for everyone—from the business owner looking to recruit highly skilled and talented workers, to the job seeker wanting to advance their career. It works because youth and job seekers can earn while they learn, and employers can develop the talent they need to compete today and tomorrow.
The annual Nuts & Bolts Bash, presented for the fifth year in a row by Spooner Incorporated, is WIRE-Net's signature fundraiser that helped kick-off Manufacturing Month and launch our giving season with generous sponsorships and donations of in-kind prizes or cash contributions invested in our mission-driven activities. We're pleased to announce that on October 5th you helped us raise over $27,000 in net revenue, which was just shy of our $30,000 goal!
WIRE-Net and the Friends of Max Hayes collaborate closely to build rigorous work-based learning experiences for both teachers and students at Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School. Our programs ensure that students get exposure to a range of career opportunities in machining, welding, computer aided design, robotics, and other fields.
Help us support the future generation of manufacturing. New to this year's Annual Meeting event, the Friends of Max Hayes, will be hosting an auction to raise funds for WIRE-Net's youth programs at Max Hayes High School.
The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.
WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs, in collaboration with Max S. Hayes High School, were pleased to finish the 2015-16 with some great success stories from the Technical Corps Program (TCP) that made its debut in the machining, welding, and manufacturing design career pathways. Gary Dudich, a retired Journeyman Iron Worker, served as a Technical Corps member in the welding lab during the Spring semester.
Our Youth Programs team, working out of Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School, coordinated a one-on-one job shadow experience with WIRE-Net member Cleveland Steel Tool. Michael, a junior in Max Hayes’ CNC Precision Machining career pathway, spent a morning at Cleveland Steel Tool and observed the company’s custom tooling operation based in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood.
At WIRE-Net, Manufacturing Matters, because, as we like to put it, manufacturing multiplies, manufacturing pays, exports, and innovates.
What we mean by this is that every manufacturing job is the foundation for up to 5 additional jobs in other industry sectors, the highest employment multiplier of any industry. Manufacturing pays 17% more in wages than other sectors. 52% of U.S. exports are in the manufacturing sector. Finally, 75% of private sector research and development comes from the manufacturing sector, helping ensure that American manufacturing remains on the cutting edge of new products and technologies.
This Fall, 200 students from the New Max Hayes High School took part in meaningful and fun manufacturing-related activities. These carefully coordinated activities were designed to introduce students to modern manufacturing and provide opportunities for career exploration to “inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
Manufacturing is very much alive and kicking! Max S. Hayes High School students found that out on Friday, October 2nd, when they attended the local Rockwell Automation National Manufacturing Day event in Twinsburg, Ohio.
The Generation Y Challenge
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2020, there will be a shortfall of 10 million qualified workers in manufacturing-related industries. With a significant portion of the workforce facing retirement, jobs will need to be filled by younger workers; however, a lack of interest in manufacturing among American youth threatens the growth of industry.