The future of the manufacturing and industrial workforce is important and we enjoy learning about some of the best practices happening nationally. Below you’ll find what is currently happening in workforce training in various sections of the country as well as trends, and practices worth considering. Take a look!

Consider These…

Corporate Training
Saving college and the workforce through corporate training. Re-engineering institutions according to a placement paradigm. This paradigm is a hybrid borrowing aspects of postsecondary institutions and workforce investment boards. The education is put together based upon the potential job openings. Its goal is getting students well-prepared and ready for these positions. This requires examining what these positions consist of and the skills required. Then it students are educated accordingly, training them in a range of skill areas. A shift of the postsecondary institutions to using a placement paradigm could be a huge improvement for education. 

Training with Robots
With robotics being one of the fastest growing technologies in the world, it’s important to train the workforce in order to keep the industry competitive. Wake Tech Community College understands this and has decided to launch a Collaborative Robotics program at its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Raleigh, NC. This training program features YuMi, a dual-arm, small parts assembly robot with flexible hands and innovative control options. Students will explore all aspects of the robots application. YuMi will also be used in a variety of classes.

Anticipating Career Shifts
The movie Hidden Figures highlighted the importance of anticipating shifts, particularly ones in manufacturing. Positions, practices, methods, and more are always changing due to the rise of technology which is why we must make sure to “adapt or perish.” We need to be able to train students in a way that anticipates shifts and helps their careers flourish long after graduation. 

Diversifying Training for Remote Workers
Remote workers drive transformation, but they must be trained properly. Keep employees from confusion and blunders with proper training. Consider looking for candidates with prior remote work experience, establish peer-to-peer informal learning, do at least one face-to-face meeting, have training documents prepared, and offer flexibility. 

Training for Many and Collaboration 
Guided by research and stakeholder input, Western Pennsylvania is taking collaborative approach to working with educators, businesses, and the community. Emphasizing rural communities, this collaboration seeks to support fit-for-purpose education across the region. Educational grants are used to expand STEM curriculum for intensive teacher professional development in elementary, middle, and high schools. They also focus on adult workforce training programs to help early and mid-career adults find employment opportunities or remain retained.

Employer Forums
Training & Workforce Options (TWO) is a set of training programs that brings the latest skills to workers. TWO is set to host employer forums which will help colleges learn what skills and knowledge employers want the colleges to offer through TWO. Employers will also learn more about funding options for projects.

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