Helping Apprentices and Other Workers Gain In-Demand Skills

An updated Advanced Manufacturing Model is now available on the CareerOneStop Competency Model Clearinghouse. Businesses, higher education, and workforce development organizations can use the updated model when developing curriculum, identifying workforce skill gaps, and detecting competencies required for credentials. The refreshed model helps ensure that workers learn skills that employers...

The Skilled Trades Gap Is Global

Do a web search on “skilled trade shortage” and you will be directed to scores of articles detailing the dire situation not only in our country, but throughout the western world. For instance, this survey from the United Kingdom shows that for the 7th consecutive year the skilled trades were ranked by employers...

The U.S. Needs More Apprenticeship

A nationwide shortage of trade workers had led many businesses and politicians to support more trade education and apprenticeship programs. I addressed this in a previous blog. What is meant by apprenticeship? The term is loosely used to describe a variety of on-the-job training (OJT) programs, but true apprenticeship involves a...

We Won’t Solve America’s Skills Gap Until We Acknowledge Our Own Awareness Gap

It’ll advance younger generations—and the U.S. economy. The chasm between the skills that U.S. employers are looking for and the abilities that potential hires actually possess is approaching epidemic proportions. Businesses in virtually every industry are struggling to find workers who have the academic, technical and professional skills to consistently excel and succeed in the...

Reskilling: The New Trend in Recruiting

It doesn’t matter how talented your new hires are, or what stellar technology training they’ve received. Chances are within a few years those skills will be obsolete. Technology evolves so quickly that it is no longer enough to hire for the skills needed today. To stay relevant, companies need to...

Quality Management Improvement Leads to New Business

Allen Inspection Services, located in Mills, Wyoming, is a family-owned metal service center with 16 employees. This fully mobile company provides metal tubular services and sales including hardbanding, hardband removal, straightening, and tubular inspection, as well as tubular sales and rentals. Allen Inspection’s primary market is the oil and gas drilling...

Big Impacts From ISO Certification

Greenville Colorants, located in Greenville, South Carolina, sets the standard in value-added processing and distribution of dyes and specialty chemicals to the textile, paper, and other specialty industries, such as ink plastics, paint, stains, mulch, seed coatings, and more. With its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, the company is able to offer customized...

Precision Custom Coatings Goes Through a Lean Transformation

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is the official representative of the MEP National Network in New Jersey. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards...

Consortium to Help Meet Challenges of Northwest Ohio Manufacturers

By LISA NICELY @CNLisaNicely nicely@crescent-news.com Published: November 1, 2015 ARCHBOLD — Northwest Ohio is reliant on manufacturing and that sector is facing various challenges in the future. To successfully met those challenges, the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium was launched Friday at Northwest State Community College (NSCC). “We need to bring northwest...