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Manufacturers across Connecticut are more upbeat about their position in the improving economy, but while state government has taken steps to create a business-friendly environment, they say more can be done. The Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut, in its second annual industry-wide survey, found that while most manufacturers are forecasting increased employment levels, they have difficulty finding qualified employees. Most manufacturers report higher levels of employment in 2013 than in 2012, and a majority anticipate higher levels in 2014 than 2013, he said, but as in last year's survey, nearly eight in 10 manufacturers said they have difficulty finding employees with needed skills. Conducted in early 2014, the survey was joined in the survey by Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, CONNSTEP, Employers Association of the NorthEast, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, New England Spring and Metal Stamping Association, New Haven Manufacturers Association, Northwest Connecticut's Chamber of Commerce, Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT and Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce. Failing to find employees who know how to operate machinery like computer-aided design machines can threaten a company's ability to grow, Johnson said, commenting that new training curricula at state community colleges can help. Finding employees who are familiar with manufacturing machinery is difficult, he said, because many of those skilled workers moved with their companies when they relocated to another state. Marc Ducret agreed that finding skilled workers to operate CMC machines and milling machines can be a challenge, but he said he is hopeful that training programs at some of the state's community colleges and technical schools will turn out the employees manufacturers need.
This Easter, we wanted to highlight some of the reasons more choices for girls are so important. Why stay on a conveyor belt when you can build your own Ferris wheel, after all?We're GoldieBlox, a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally. Our founder, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineer who decided that girls need more choices than the pink aisle has to offer. She developed GoldieBlox, an interactive book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor who loves to build.
The Congressional Steel Caucus will host its annual State of Steel hearing tomorrow. Representatives from domestic steel companies and labor will offer persepctives on the current picture of the industry, and specifically how certain policy areas like trade, tax, energy, environment, and infrastructure can affect business.
Not only have young professionals misjudged the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide, companies need to forget what they’ve...
Why is it so hard to find that ace employee? Is it a skills gap, interest gap, or pay and training problem? An Automation World survey reveals what...
At Southern High School, students in a machine-tool career program are fabricating model rockets while using chemistry to learn about fuel, and algebra to calculate flight paths.Follow us on Twitter | Reporter Chris KenningLike The Courier-Journal on FacebookRead more business stories Read more education stories
Manufacturing needs a "welcome" sign for women if it is to solve its skills gap and remain competitive.
IMTS Student Summit Builds Tomorrow's Workforce. Combines an interactive career development center with a dynamic self-guided tour of the naiton's greatest technology and manufacturing exhibition.
Getting women into business produces results – for companies and for the global economy. That’s the attraction: It makes good business sense.
Steve Forbes, Forbes media chairman and editor-in-chief, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, discuss how implementing innovations with cheap energy will provide a renaissance in manufacturing and create more jobs.
No matter what state your current training program is in, we can help. From instructional audits, to competency models, to position descriptions, to training plan designs, we help you get your training on track. Even better—you get access to the same industry-leading training used by Fortune 500 manufacturers ...more...
Cutting-edge manufacturers are digitizing workflow processes to turn a demographic challenge to their advantage.
With an increasing number of older workers retiring and fewer young workers entering the field, the welding industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers. The American Welding Society thinks women can help fill the gap.Lisa Moran, 32, was a welder for about five years before she started teaching the skill at various local colleges. She's currently teaching the skill at South Suburban Community College...more..
In one of the newest and fastest-growing secondary schools in Chester County, teacher Katie Smith was demonstrating proper technique to 16-year-old Courtney Draper and 18-year-old Scott Persing -...
Gallup research shows that globally, just 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs -- that is to say, they are emotionally invested in, and focused on, creating value for their organizations every day. While the remaining 87% are classified as either not engaged and indifferent, or even worse, actively disengaged and potentially hostile to their organizations. In short, truly engaged workplaces are rare. Gallup is pleased to honor 35 leading organizations that are recipients of our annual Gallup Great Workplace Award. These organizations average a ratio of 9 engaged employees to 1 actively disengaged employee, which is more than five times the ratio in the U.S. and more than 16 times the ratio for workforces globally... Read More...
While the Lean LaunchPad class has been adopted by Universities and the National Science Foundation, the question we get is, “Can students in K-12 handle an experiential entrepreneurship class?” Hawken School has now given us an answer. Their seniors just completed the school’s first-ever 3-credit semester program in evidence-based entrepreneurship. Students are fully immersed in real-world learning during the 12-week Entrepreneurial Studies course.
Here’s what Doris Korda Associate Head of School and Tim Desmond, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Studies did, and how they did it...More...
A manufacturing job-shadow program for North Bay high school students is picking up momentum in its third year.
In the past 15 years, the manufacturing industry has evolved from needing low-skilled production-type assembly workers to being highly technology-infused. It’s no secret that manufacturing companies are now struggling to fill the gap for workers trained with the specific skills needed for today’s advanced manufacturing jobs. More...
Our nation has a critical choice to make: high skills or low wages.
The U.S.’s unemployment rates are still alarming—especially for young adults—and the disconnect between what students learn in the classroom and the skills they need to know to be successful in the workplace is becoming more ubiquitous. As their debt takes on interest and continues to grow, students are discouraged as they cross the graduation stage with a degree but no job. Meanwhile employers are expressing their frustrations that potential employees—even college graduates—lack basic interpersonal and technical skills. More...
TORONTO — Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturing firms.
If your workplace allows you to listen to music on your headphones, there are many reasons to take advantage of this little office perk! Music is a lot...
Just think how great it is if your work IS music! Oh. Doesn't work that way?
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58.8% increase Employers increasingly in need of skilled talent A high-caliber workforce
Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with ...