Exciting things have been happening with the youth team at Manufacturing Works this school year! Not only do we have a new staff member (welcome Brittany Moore!), but we also have a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio AND we just celebrated our biggest Manufacturing Day ever!
Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 5th this year, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.
WIRE-Net continues to hear about the critical workforce challenges that Northeast Ohio manufacturers are experiencing and the questions they have around how to be more innovative and effective with talent management. One of the ways that WIRE-Net is assisting to bridge this gap and meet manufacturers needs is by offering internship opportunities to high-schoolers at Max S. Hayes High School and Parma Senior High.
Since its inception in 2013, the WIRE-Net youth internship program has provided a steady and sustainable pipeline of permanent employees to participating companies and provided students with real-world experience to learn skills required for jobs and careers in the manufacturing industry.
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.
Manufacturing is booming in the United States, yet there is one major concern holding companies back from growing to their full potential—filling the manufacturing workforce with new talent. A great way for manufacturing companies to gain community recognition and recruit strong candidates is by participating in Manufacturing Day.
Opening the door for students to pursue careers in manufacturing starts in the classroom, but shouldn't end there. That's why WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs team has been working with local manufacturing businesses to offer internships to Max Hayes High School junior and senior manufacturing students.
An internship celebration was held at Max Hayes High School Thursday May 10th to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s manufacturing interns with parents, educators, students, and employers.
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.
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.