Local Solutions to a National Problem
Public policy can change course with each election. The lack of stability creates a great deal of uncertainty for companies that rely on it to execute certain strategies. Closing the “skills gap” – considered by many to be the most pressing issue facing manufacturers – need not be subject to the volatility of political and bureaucratic wind-shifting. The examples below demonstrate how businesses can disentangle their training needs from public policy debates and create the skills inventory needed in their workforce.
The forward-looking nature of these programs is an element critical to their success and that of the sponsoring company. “Training for yesterday” exacerbates the “lost generation” problem and must be avoided.
If your company lacks the resources to rapidly deploy a full-scale internal training program, third-party options can be used as a bridge.
Adopting a self-reliant stance on employee training and skills development offers numerous advantages.
Several areas of expertise will be needed to close the skills gap. A consultant experienced in the various facets of employee development can provide guidance to a business launching, accelerating, expanding, or reworking an internal training program.
A limited number of examples of corporate and independent training programs has been provided to inspire business leaders to consider a strategy of self-reliance and develop a local solution to the skills shortage. Though it may exist nationwide, the “skills gap” is a local issue. It exists within your business and that is where it is best addressed.
Part 3 will lay out a series of steps a business can follow to develop their own local solution and close the skills gap that affects it.
[Link] “How Siemens, Others Work to Fill the Skills Gap.” Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing 2017
[Link] “How to Future-Proof via Training.” Plant Services, July 2017
[Link] “Manufacturers offer internships to local students.” Lincoln Times-News, January 29, 2018
[Link] “Manufacturing Careers: Overlooked, Undervalued and Unknown.” Manufacturing Engineering, September 2017
[Link] “New Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Opens in Kent, Washington.” PR Newswire, December 14, 2017
[Link] “Push for Technical Education Gains Momentum.” Manufacturing Engineering, January, 2018
[Link] ToolingU – SME
[Link] “Who’s Taking Responsibility for Your Supply Chain?” IndustryWeek, May/June 2017
Jody W. Phelps, MSc, PMP®, MBA
JayWink Solutions, LLC
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