Posts Tagged with ‘skills gap’

Success in the New Economy Video

October 28, 2015

The video “Success in the New Economy” details how expectations need to be altered to better align education and the needs of the workplace. Many jobs no longer require a four year degree, but need a combination of higher education, skilled training and experience. The hands-on training and certification programs available in community colleges from groups like INAM (Illinois […]

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MFG Talk Radio Podcast on an Untapped Talent Pool to Fill the Skills Gap

October 26, 2015

The latest MFG Talk Radio episode discusses a relatively untapped resource that could help to fill the skills gap in manufacturing: Americans with disabilities. Industry experts and professionals provide valuable insight on the opportunities available to both companies and employees if this talent pool is properly utilized. The episode addresses recruitment, employment practices, access, engagement […]

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Manufacturers and Colleges Work Together on Career Pathways

October 19, 2015

Skilled workers are desperately needed in manufacturing due to growth, a retiring workforce, and reshoring. This article explains how many manufacturers are collaborating with local community colleges to develop career pathways and training opportunities to get students trained and working as soon as possible. Elgin Community College (ECC), for example, has trained students for careers […]

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Manufacturing Day at DACC

October 8, 2015

Danville Area Community College (DACC) hosted over 350 high school students from across Vermilion County on Manufacturing Day. The event gave students a first-hand look at the high-tech nature of today’s manufacturing industry and showed some of the opportunities to be found in manufacturing careers. State Representative Chad Hays was in attendance along with many […]

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The Manufacturing Skills Gap in Illinois

October 5, 2015

This article discusses the skills gap in Illinois manufacturing. Numerous metal fabrication plants, for example, are located in Chicago’s western suburbs. Many of those manufacturers are unable to find the skilled workers needed to operate effectively and efficiently. Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Manufacturing Institute said, “over the bulk of the […]

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NIMS Announces a New Initiative to Advance the Manufacturing Workforce

October 1, 2015

NIMS (The National Institute for Metalworking Skills) has announced a new initiative that is designed to provide improved and focused skills, training, and talent development in manufacturing. The initiative will help to define career paths, promote credentials, build skills, and provide the industry with a talented workforce to fill the skills gap. The initiative was […]

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Southwestern Illinois Leaders Look to High School Students to Study for Manufacturing Careers

September 18, 2015

Southwestern Illinois area business leaders and educators are trying to encourage high school students to consider careers in manufacturing. The area is anticipating a skills gap of 1,500-3,000 open manufacturing jobs over the next five years due to a retiring workforce and manufacturing growth. Madison County Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber said, “we are looking at […]

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Arne Duncan Visit Highlights Harper’s Promise Scholarship

September 15, 2015

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently visited Harper College. The visit highlighted Harper’s Promise Scholarship Program which offers free tuition to district students who meet performance, attendance, and service requirements while in high school. Harper’s program mirrors federal initiatives that will make community college more accessible nationwide. Programs such as these will offer opportunity to […]

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Selling the Next Generation on Manufacturing

September 11, 2015

There is a skills gap in manufacturing as well as a need to tell the “real tale” of what manufacturing is, to both students and their parents. Manufacturing has become a slick, technical, high-end, and very clean industry, and it offers a new world of opportunity. This Reuters article discusses how many students are getting in early […]

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Joliet Junior College Hosts Discussion on Manufacturing Skills Gap

September 9, 2015

Leaders in government, education, and manufacturing recently gathered at Joliet Junior College (JJC) for a discussion that addressed the skills gap and what can be done to fill it. In attendance were U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu, various JJC officials, state officials, and local business leaders. The group discussed […]

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