More Ohio kids than ever before are being exposed to manufacturing careers by attending summer camp, thanks to an initiative Senator Sherrod Brown started six years ago. WIRE-Net will again be taking part in this initiative, supporting the second manufacturing camp held in Cleveland since Brown started these camps in 2013. The Cleveland camp, one of more than 19 taking place in Ohio this summer, is an initiative of the city's chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, which works to connect male students of color with community leaders through mentoring relationships and educational events.
This month, WIRE-Net announced two deserving staff members were being promoted. Tom Birkel who has been working as part of the CIRI team for the last two years will move into the newly created Vice President, Manufacturing Services position, and Brianna Schultz, who has managed WIRE-Net’s youth programs since 2015, has accepted the Vice President, Workforce Development position, and will oversee both the youth and adult workforce programs.
Ubuntu is a Zulu phrase which, loosely translated, implies that you are a person because of other people.
Well, WIRE-Net's 2020 VISION Strategic Direction exists because of other people. WIRE-Net's Board of Directors undertook the plan in large part because of the tremendous changes – in demographics, economics, technology, and politics – taking place in our region and in manufacturing.
WIRE-Net is finalizing its 2020 VISION strategic direction for the next three years. We’ve researched the emerging issues confronting greater Cleveland’s manufacturing sector, interviewed dozens of Ohio and United States manufacturing experts, conducted a series of manufacturing focus groups with member and non-member firms, organized a four-hour Future Search to identify and prioritize the challenges, and have been digesting this information and more to set our future direction. Over 130 people have been engaged in our 2020 VISION plan so far.
At eighteen years old, I had my life planned out perfectly – or so I thought. It was the summer of 1997 and I had just graduated Strongsville High School and was set to attend Cuyahoga Community College, and transfer to OSU shortly after. My older sisters had already gone off to college, and my parents wanted, even expected, me to follow suit. My neighbor owned an HVAC company, and offered me a job delivering parts to his technicians for the summer. Business was booming that year, and before I knew it I was being sent on service calls, and doing fairly well.
I'll admit it: I grew up in the sixties. It was a different world then, but not so different when it comes to a young person making his or her way in life—attaining knowledge and skills necessary to provide for a family. In 1969 my soon-to-be-husband was the only person at his high school to be accepted in three different apprenticeship programs. What an honor, and what a life decision. He chose sheet metal, earned his journeyman certificate and hired on at Ohio Brass Co.
Building the Next Generation of Technical Professionals
Ernie Kulik, retired Program Manager from Eaton Corporation joined the WIRE-Net Technical Corps Program (TCP) in January to assist students and teachers working on a RoboBots project. Students in the Precision Machining Training (PMT) class at Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School will compete at the AWT RoboBots Battle on April 30, 2016 at Lakeland Community College. Ernie has been able to utilize his project management, manufacturing, and industry skills to facilitate the students' design and build of the team robot. The Technical Corps member assists the students in designing the robot and its weapons at school, and coaches the team in planning, maintaining deadlines, and constructing a documentation portfolio.
Trending over the past six months of WIRE-Net blog posts and other social media is a palpable urgency to develop employee talent and skills, and train the front line supervisors and company leaders of tomorrow.
Because WIRE-Net teams are working daily with manufacturing companies like yours, we know that we have to balance your training interests with operation production schedules, employee time, budget, and return on investment.
You want to choose the day and topic of interest that fits into your life. We get it!
Manufacturers benefit from on-site, on-demand workforce development training
The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), in partnership with Lorain County Community College, has rolled out its "Mobile Welder Training Center," a 48-foot self-contained trailer equipped with eight state-of-the-art welding stations that will offer on-site customized training to manufacturers, fabricating operations, and metalworking companies throughout northern Ohio.
When is the last time you raised entry level pay rates? Don’t guess. Look it up. If you haven’t adjusted pay rates in the last three years, chances are you are not keeping up with your competition. As a result, you are most likely experiencing excessive turnover which in turn has lead to increased training costs, habitual hiring demands and possibly even quality issues for your customers.