Sandvik Coromant is "Bridging the Skills Gap" from Coast to Coast
Sixty manufacturers and educators turned out at Calhoun Community College in Tanner, AL on September 15th to participate in the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, part of the nationwide series of educational seminars being conducted by Sandvik Coromant. The seminar focused on the existing shortage of skilled manufacturing workers, as well as the increasing need for highly skilled workers projected in the coming decade. With NIMS as a partner, Sandvik Coromant discussed the challenges in the metal cutting industry and what metalworking professionals can do to improve their skills and gain certification based on NIMS standards.
Kicking off the event, John Pusatera, Training Specialist at Sandvik Coromant US, presented “The Development of the Metal Cutting Industry.” The presentation looked into the current position of US manufacturing and the misconceptions that have plagued the industry in recent years. For example, one of these misconceptions is that nothing is made in the US anymore, but Mr. Pusatera points out that according to the CIA World Factbook, the US still leads the world in manufacturing, far out-performing the other major manufacturing producers in the world. Attendees also learned about the contributions of manufacturing to the American economy as it remains the major engine of growth in productivity.
Mr. Pusatera noted that according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), eighty percent of manufacturers today report difficulty in finding skilled workers. Within the next 10 years the nation will have 70 million people leaving the workforce with just 40 million replacing them, according to Fortune. Pusatera stated that the industry needs to invest in new technologies, practices, and processes in order to attract the best and the brightest minds to manufacturing.
Among the resources that are available for manufacturers in meeting the challenge of skilled labor is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). At the event, NIMS offered their assistance to participants in meeting the skills challenge by presenting its 21st Century tools to train an advanced manufacturing workforce using 52 certifications, accreditation of programs, competency-based training – including apprenticeship – and the development and certification of trainers.
James Michael Blizzard, recently retired head of manufacturing at Calhoun Community College, represented NIMS in the Alabama event. Mr. Blizzard is the holder of 22 NIMS manufacturing credentials.
For information on future dates and locations for the “Bridging the Skills Gap” event, visit www.myyellowcoat.com/bridgingthegap.
US Army, Gates Foundation, and Bloomberg join 2011 Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC
On October 27th, 2011, the 2011 Manufacturing Summit will convene at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. with a number of esteemed guests to discuss the future of American manufacturing. The Chief and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserves, Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, will be discussing the opportunities and implications of soldiers returning from overseas service being reintroduced to the workforce. Margot Tyler of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss the opportunities afforded by the Gates Millennium Scholars program. Bloomberg's lead labor analyst Albert Palacio will review strategies for delivering skills training through a variety of sources.
General Stultz's appearance is particularly appropriate since the revisions to the GI Bill went into effect on October 1 and include on-the-job training and apprenticeship as part of the education benefits.
These presenters are joining Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates and a panel of national manufacturers who will discuss regional training initiatives and effective small business strategies for today's competitive economic climate.
Date and Location: October 27, 2011 - 8:30 AM to 3 PM The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
Pre-Summit Reception for All Attendees: October 26, 2011 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - at the home of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC
Join Assistant Secretary Jane Oates at The Manufacturing Summit 2011
At the 2010 Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by the Swiss Business Hub and NIMS, Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates gave the attendees a three part homework assignment dealing with the support and promotion of American manufacturing.
On October 27 at the Manufacturing Summit 2011 in Washington, DC, Secretary Oates will be presented with the responses to this homework assignment from companies, educators and workforce professionals.
This is a tremendous opportunity to get your voice directly to one of the nation’s highest ranking officials who is concerned with the future of manufacturing and the means of recruiting and training bright, young persons into the industry. Moreover, she demonstrated the importance of small companies and asked how we can best support them.
Secretary Oates asked the following:
---> What is the best way to initiate a public ad campaign to make Americans aware of today’s manufacturing jobs? How can this advertising campaign show that manufacturing is not a dirty world of dead-end jobs and assembly line labor, but a clean and vibrant world of upward mobility where careful thought is rewarded?
---> How can we best support small manufacturers? What can the publically funded workforce system do to best aid the new model of small manufacturers?
---> How do we make sure we are touting the earnings in manufacturing? How can we show the American people, especially our youth, that manufacturing is a high skilled job with proper compensation for its advanced skill set?
Industry, education, business, and government need your input to meet the challenge that we are faced with as a nation! Join the 2011 Manufacturing Summit. Registration is fast and free, simply click here to register yourself and any guests.
To assure that your input is heard at the 2011 Manufacturing Summit next month, send your responses, thoughts, or comments about Secretary Oates’ questions directly to NIMS Executive Director Stephen Mandes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Manufacturing Summit 2011 will be held October 27, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. A reception will be given the night before at the home of the Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC for all conference attendees.
Accreditation Renewed at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton, Mass.
We are pleased to announce that for the second time since 2004, the Manufacturing Technology Program at the Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (SVAHS) has been awarded NIMS Accreditation for excellence in metalworking training! The program was previously accredited in 2005 and again as of Friday, September 23, 2011. By maintaining their status as a NIMS accredited program, the staff and faculty at SVAHS have proven continued commitment to maintaining high standards for metalworking training in the state of Massachusetts.
As the last step of the accreditation renewal process, an On-Site Evaluation took place on March 10 of this year and was led by our excellent Team Leader, Mr. Tom Wilks of Jay Sons Screw Machine Parts in Connecticut. Following the one-day audit, Mr. Wilks gathered more than enough evidence to recommend accreditation renewal of the school's Manufacturing Technology Program. In his final evaluation report Mr. Wilks praised the program's clearly demonstrated goals, the cleanliness and organization of the facility itself, and with the relationship between the program and its Advisory Committee, which "is a blend of company owners, students, former students, instructors, and a personnel manager" and "is a driving force in the program."
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Department Head Jeffrey Lareau and instructor James Kubasek for their dedication to high standards and support for metalworking training programs in education! Special thanks to Tom Wilks for leading this evaluation.
Newly Accredited: Forsyth Technical Community College of Winston-Salem, NC
NIMS is pleased to announce that the Computer-Integrated Machining Program at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has earned its first NIMS Accreditation! Since first applying for accreditation in July 2009, the staff and faculty at FTCC have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training in the state of North Carolina.
The On-Site Evaluation took place on July 18-19 and was led by veteran NIMS Team Leader Mike Davis, Sr. of Davidson County Community College. Assisting Mr. Davis was Industry Representative Rick Grimes of RCR Manufacturing, LLC and Education Representative Garret Parker of Randolph Community College (who will be hosting their own evaluation for program accreditation in Fall 2011). The audit included a facility inspection of the program’s machine shop and a host of in-depth interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members, and local employers. Following these events, the evaluation team gathered enough evidence to recommend full accreditation. In the final report, Mr. Davis had praise for the program’s clear goals for the future, including plans to expand, and for the “solid foundation and support” it receives from the college administration.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this process, especially Program Coordinator and Instructor Todd Bishop for working so actively to secure this accreditation! Special thanks to the Evaluation Team as well, without which this would not be possible!