The Youngstown Business Journal reports on Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) support of the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 (full article here). Brown serves on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, which recently sent the bill for approval by the full Senate. At a media event Monday at Youngstown State University, Brown called for the bill’s passage. Youngstown Business Journal reporter George Nelson contacted MAGNET’s Mary Ann Pacelli, a senior business consultant specializing in workforce development, about MAGNET’s launch of a Northeast Ohio pilot project that will match returning veterans’ skills with hard-to-fill manufacturing jobs. "Mary Ann Pacelli, senior business consultant with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, or Magnet, noted that the organization has a pilot program now that could show how the legislation could work. "‘We know there are many returning veterans coming back home with very specific skills that don’t look like they would fit in manufacturing. We also know that even in today’s economy there are jobs in manufacturing companies going unfulfilled,’ she said. Under the program. Magnet is working with the employers and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to match veterans with jobs they might be interested in and qualify for, as well
Pittsburgh, June 24, 2011—Today, at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development. The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. "Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together- private sector industry, universities, and the government- to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world," said President Obama. "With these key investments, we can ensure that the United States remains a nation that ‘invents it here and manufactures it here’ and creates high-quality, good paying jobs for American workers." (Read more…) Related documents: White House Press Release: President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, June 24, 2011 Full text of the President’s June 24, 2011 remarks in Pittsburgh Archived video of the President’s
On June 8, President Obama announced the goal of credentialing 500,000 community college students with skills certifications aligned to manufacturers’ hiring needs. One of the initiatives Obama believes is a pathway to reach this goal is the NAM Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. This system is currently being piloted in Northeast Ohio through a Gates Foundation grant that was awarded to the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute. MAGNET has been working with Lorain County Community College to implement the certification system in Northeast Ohio and with the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to pilot it in other regions of the state. The system supports the integration of nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials into high school, community college, and university programs of study. NAM has partnered with ACT, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Welding Society, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council in this endeavor. Once again, the need and demand for a skilled workforce makes the headlines and once again the mismatch between the unemployed and underemployed and what our manufacturing employers require are brought to the forefront. Recently, this quandary was highlighted in Manpower’s annual global survey revealing
President Barack Obama visited Northern Virginia Community College on Wednesday, June 8, to spotlight the industry-led, public-private effort to create a coordinated training program to prepare workers for advanced manufacturing jobs. The effort, led by the National Association of Manufacturer’s non-profit educational arm The Manufacturing Institute, is called "The Manufacturing Skills Certification System." Here are links to some of the media coverage of the event: Obama promotes job training as economic imperative, AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 8, 2011 Alexandria, Va.—During a speech at a Northern Virginia Community College campus on Wednesday, President Obama highlighted the expansion of an industry-led initiative to boost training programs. Obama says the initiative could help prepare 500,000 community college students for careers in manufacturing. NAM official welcomes Obama administration endorsement of Skills Certification System, NAM Press Release, June 8, 2011 Washington Wire: Obama to launch manufacturing initiative, by Jared A. Favole, Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2011 (Subscription) Obama expands training for manufacturing, Youngstown Business Journal, June 9, 2011
Manufacturers can’t find qualified employees. To those of us in this field, this mantra is beginning to sound like a broken record, but to many others it is still sounding untrue. Many continue to believe that U.S. manufacturing is dying, that there are no good jobs and that the ones left offer only a dirty and monotonous career. One only needs to read the recent article in the Wall Street Journal, "Help Wanted on Factory Floor," by James Hagerty to learn that the lack of qualified workers for the advanced manufacturing and engineering field has reached a crisis. In order to compete globally and have a sound economy, a nation must make things; this has always been the backbone of our country and without intelligent, technically savvy workers, our standard of living will falter. The article correctly points to three trends that are contributing to the dearth of qualified employees. First, manufacturers are starting to hire again after almost 10 years; Second, despite the recent delay in retirements, the baby boomers are beginning to retire in massive numbers now and into the near future; and Third, "… the U.S. education system isn’t turning out enough people with the math and
In Brig. Gen. Robert E. Mansfield Jr.’s blog, Exciting American Youth About Manufacturing: Maybe it’s time to think about a ‘Future Manufacturers of America’ organization from March 31, 2011 he states the obvious point that "In order to excite the youth of America about manufacturing in the modern age, we need to raise the awareness of the youth." No one argues this and everyone in the industry sees it as a need. However, his next point and one that I have continued to make myself is, that despite the many good programs across the country that attempt to address the awareness and image issues as well as the curricular ones, including MAGNET’s own Dream It. Do It. Program, the problem remains that the programs that exist are not well coordinated. What we end up with and what we have today are pockets of excellence and hope. Programs that reach a few, when we need them to reach many, duplicative services and overlap and at the same time gaps and areas that go unaddressed. We need local, state and national organizations that are currently competing for financial resources and employer buy-in, in a time where both are limited to collaborate and
March 31, 2011, Washington, DC—The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, has released a comprehensive blueprint for education reform designed to develop the 21st-century talent critical to U.S. manufacturing and global competitiveness. The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing lays out six principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and, expanding successful youth development programs. Read the complete press release from The Manufacturing Institute. Download the Roadmap for Reform document.
This weekend’s article on NPR by Chris Arnold, As Manufacturing Demand Grows, So Do Jobs, reiterates what I mentioned in my February post, that employment in the manufacturing sector is picking up and will continue to rise. For example, according to the Labor Department, manufacturing created 33,000 jobs last month (See: Employment Situation Summary, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor, March 4, 2011). More importantly, the NPR article mentioned the story of a 60-year-old man who had been out of work for two years, but chose to use his time wisely and re-tool his skills and get the type of training he needed to work in today’s manufacturing facilities. He went to a community college for a year and was recently hired as a computer-controlled-machine (CNC) operator. This success story can be seen across the country, including in Northeast Ohio, but we need more of them. We are fortunate that our region’s community colleges offer many short-term certification programs in the area of advanced manufacturing. In addition, there is some funding to assist with tuition which is crucial when one is unemployed. The industry certainly needs to attract young workers, but it also benefits from workers with experience