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.
There is no doubt that the start of high school can be intimidating. For 50 incoming Cleveland area high school freshmen this obstacle was made a lot less frightening with the help of WIRE-Net’s Take It To the Max! Summer Camp orientation.
Every company leader has questions about how to develop and improve their workforce, but many aren’t sure what those questions are. Northeast Ohio manufacturers face a common yet multifaceted problem of hiring and retaining quality talent for the long-term.
For years, manufacturers have reported a sizeable gap between the talent they need to keep growing their businesses and the talent they can actually find. Current data shows that over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and that the skills gap will most likely result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.
Manufacturers have started to manage talent the same way they manage raw materials or shipping. They want it when they want it, mimicking the just-in-time manufacturing principle that's based on meeting demand as it happens.