Be a HILO: 7 Best Practices

  • Date: June 20, 2017
  • Posted by:Dave Ewers

Investing in people is as critical as investing in equipment or technology when it comes to remaining ahead of the competition.

According to a study by Bersin & Associates, high-impact learning organizations (HILO) with a strong learning foundation in place, tend to significantly outperform their peers in several areas: Read More.

Cox Manufacturing: A Model Apprenticeship Program

  • Date: June 16, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

This week we've heard about the White House championing efforts to build a stronger workforce by expanding training initiatives such as apprenticeship programs. At Tooling U-SME, we are already working with leading companies embarking on these learn-and-earn programs to develop the future workforce. Read More.

A Renewed Commitment: Apprenticeships

  • Date: June 15, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

Citing a commitment to “supporting working families and creating a pathway for them to have robust and successful careers,” the White House declared this week to be Workforce Development Week, with the president making appearances to promote the elevation of apprenticeships as a central role in his labor policy.

We are pleased with this acknowledgement of America’s massive skills gap, and certainly agree that apprenticeships can play a central, critical role in addressing America’s current and growing need for skilled workers. Read More.

Accelerate Your Success

  • Date: June 08, 2017
  • Posted by:Dave Ewers

Somehow it’s June, and we are halfway through the year.

We talk with manufacturers all around the country who are optimistic about the potential for strong business results...but concerned this success could be in jeopardy due to a lack of skilled workers.

Growth, productivity, customer satisfaction, safety — all business results are contingent on having qualified, motivated people in the right positions.

But there is a shift in the industry. Manufacturers are tired of waiting around to see what the job market produces on its own and are taking control by creating and sustaining their own pipeline. Read More.

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

  • Date: June 06, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

Regardless of the industry, business competitiveness is fundamental. Lean thinking helps improve competitiveness by instilling a culture of continuous improvement. In a Lean culture, the entire organization is committed to a thought process and actions that increase productivity, sales, and market share. Lean methodology aims to deliver maximum value while minimizing waste.

Today, in order to be successful, all areas of a company – beyond production – need Lean thinking. Read More.

Partnership in Workforce Education Drives Business Results

  • Date: May 31, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

We always advise our customers developing a new or enhanced training program to attach their goals to business results. After all, the desired end-result of a training program is a strong company, which contributes to a strong nation.

And we are always excited to partner with organizations that speak the same language. Read More.

Making Way with Additive

  • Date: May 25, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

With all the buzz surrounding additive manufacturing, you’d think it was created yesterday. The truth is, additive has been around for quite a while—since the early 1980s. What makes this technology so exciting right now is its affordability and the advances in materials that are now hitting the market. With prices as low as $500, just about anyone can buy a 3D printer today. And the advances in materials, especially in metals, are helping to bring this futuristic technology to mainstream manufacturing. Read More.

Smart Manufacturing Magazine Sponsors Talent Contest

  • Date: May 24, 2017
  • Posted by:Brett Brune

Today, we welcome Brett Brune, Editor in Chief of Smart Manufacturing, as a guest blogger. Brett asks readers to sing their hearts out about the importance of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) coming together. Yes, it’s the first-ever Smart Manufacturing talent contest! Come together and send in those entries! Read More.

Improving the Workforce with the Power of Three

  • Date: May 16, 2017
  • Posted by:Duane Hebert

This week, we were fortunate that the 2017 Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Conference took place right in our hometown of Cleveland.

And, I got to share the podium with Craig McAtee, Executive Director, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers to deliver a presentation called, “Creating, Managing and Maintaining a High Performing Workforce by Partnering with the ‘Power of 3.’” Read More.

Apprenticeship Expands Workforce and Changes Lives

  • Date: May 11, 2017
  • Posted by:Krista Maurer

Tooling U-SME is proud to congratulate our partners at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) for being recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) with the ApprenticeshipUSA Leader designation for developing and delivering apprenticeship education that meets the needs of employers and employees.

Through grant funding, RCBI offers apprenticeships to traditionally underrepresented populations such as women, minorities, and people with disabilities, expanding the pool of qualified workers. This fast-track program also can lead to direct certifications, establishing journey-level credentials desperately needed by today’s manufacturers. Read More.

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