Blog posts tagged with Talent Pipeline

4 Guaranteed Ways to Recruit Millennials for Manufacturing Jobs

February 13, 2017 by Michael O'Donnell

Standing at more than 80 million people, millennials are among the largest and most-studied generation to date. Studies, blogs, and other media have touched on their tech savviness and what seems like an innate ability to multitask… but not a high level of engagement in traditional jobs, especially in manufacturing. In fact, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, a mere 28 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 considered themselves engaged at work. This is due to a number of factors. The perception of manufacturing is often negative, associated with unsafe equipment and old-fashioned assembly lines like that of the early 20th century. This also contributes to the myth that employees are often stressed, overworked, and treated poorly in a factory setting. While businesses and community organizations are now taking the next steps toward quashing these misconceptions, your company may benefit by changing the way you approach young workers for prospective employment. The following are steps you can take toward getting a younger, more sustainable pipeline and attracting today’s young people to jobs in manufacturing: Create a clear and compelling picture of advanced manufacturing. Because most millennials are digital natives, technology is a cornerstone of their way

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MAGNET and partners create jobs, grow NEO manufacturing with national grant

January 06, 2017 by Liz Fox

MAGNET, Medina County Workforce Development, Team NEO, and WIRE-Net have announced the completion of a noteworthy grant-funded project that has helped regional companies improve their competitiveness, create and retain jobs, and bolster their presence in Northeast Ohio. The $1.8M, three-year grant, known as Make It in America (MIIA), was awarded to the four organizations by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Department of Labor, and Delta Regional Authority. Aimed at encouraging businesses to expand domestic operations, the grant closely aligns with the mission of helping mid-size companies, particularly in biomedical, automotive, and advanced energy sectors that use innovative materials in their manufacturing processes. The project, which closed at the tail end of September, yielded very positive results for the region, including: $25M in new investments 68 new jobs created (exceeding initial goal of 50) Up-skilling of over 200 incumbent employees and 40 dislocated workers Additional training in CNC machining and welding that resulted in 24 workers finding full-time employment The team worked with a number of other partners to execute this program, including BioEnterprise, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the higher education institutions of University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University,

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Regional manufacturers grow more diverse with increase in female workers

January 03, 2017 by Liz Fox

The manufacturing sector has traditionally been regarded as a male-dominated industry, with women making up less than a third of the workforce. However, many companies are changing this trend by hiring them more frequently for skilled positions. Karin Simonson, an employee at Alloy Bellows and Precision Welding in Mayfield, quit teaching and went back to school in search of a career change. Seven years later, she says her job fares far better than those she held previously. “Here I feel like I’m more valued, like what I do is important,” she told WKYC in a recent interview. Click here to read the whole story on WKYC's website! MAGNET also partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute in November to hold STEP Forward, an event designed to celebrate women in the industry by sparking ideas and fostering a sense of community through networking. Check out our photos from the event in the gallery below! [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="44" gal_title="STEP Forward"]

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