8 Manufacturing Workforce Development Tips to Help Your Business Grow

Posted by Steven Brand on May 9, 2017 3:12:04 PM

Over the past several decades, major shifts in the manufacturing environment have occurred that have proven beneficial for domestic manufacturers. Industry statistics show that there is a rise in non-traditional manufacturing operations, especially among small and medium-sized companies. Much of this work continues to require human beings in conjunction with automation. Current trends are seeming to favor small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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Topics: Workforce Development

How to Increase Employee Productivity on the Shop Floor

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Low productivity can be an insidious problem. For line workers, performing repetitive tasks day-to-day, everyday, year after year, can sometimes have a lulling effect. After all, it is human nature to get used to a certain way of doing things.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Workforce Development

How to Improve Your Team Leadership and Supervisory Skills

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 4, 2016 8:21:27 AM

There are many challenges that your manufacturing organization faces on a day to day basis. Those challenges may range from government regulation compliance to ensuring that your employees are getting all of the resources needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

Integrate Your Workforce Using Community College Graduates

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Dec 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring, developing and retaining your workforce can be a challenging task with the increasing demand for a more technological mindset in the workplace.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

5 Ways to Ensure Sustainable Growth

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Apr 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

While the latest index reports on American manufacturing show the industry’s growth slowing down, production remains on an incline — marking 31 consecutive months of improvement. For every manufacturing organization looking to compete in the marketplace, their business model should reflect growth — or at least plans to expand and evolve.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development

Innovative Ways Companies Are Addressing the Workforce Skills Shortage

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Dec 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The workforce skills gap is a continuing source of discussion and worry for many of California’s manufacturers.  It is not surprising this is the case if you consider the following recent statements and statistics:

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Topics: Workforce Development

You Gotta Spend It to Make It

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Aug 13, 2014 2:30:00 PM

“There is most likely some interplay between the weak capital spending numbers and the weak job market of the last few years; there is less incentive to spend money on productivity-enhancing equipment when labor is cheap.”[1] This recent musing from Neil Irwin of The Washington Post was his reflection on the current mix of low productivity, low business investment and low wages. It seems counterintuitive to many, but it speaks to the paradox in today’s labor market in which employers are “stuck” with an inability to find the workers they want while the job market – especially in manufacturing – is crying out for skilled workers.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development

How To Attract Millennials and Preserve the Future of Manufacturing Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jun 27, 2014 10:57:00 AM

In Part 1 on our series about millennials and manufacturing, we talked about the characteristics of a millennial and how manufacturers might appeal to them to fill manufacturing jobs.  In Part 2, we will discuss some technologies and marketing tips to attract millennials into manufacturing. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development, Millennials

How To Attract Millennials and Preserve the Future of Manufacturing: Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

Posted by Tiana Badillo on Jun 12, 2014 4:08:00 PM

Millennials. If you Google the term, you get 3,190,000 results! There has been a lot of discussion and analysis about this group, which includes people born roughly between the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s, according to Wikipedia. Many have said, with the current and upcoming workforce skills shortage, that the future of manufacturing hinges on this generation. There is no more accurate statement.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Development, Millennials

How Manufacturers Can Help Close the Workforce Skills Gap

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Nov 15, 2013 8:56:00 AM

Written by: John Anderson, Director

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Topics: Workforce Development

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