The Manufacturers Country Cub in Fort Washington was host to the Manufacturing Alliance Talent Pipeline Symposium event on September 26th. Talent Pipeline Event Recap

Our largest attendance for a Manufacturing Alliance event to date listened in on what’s new and what’s working in the on-going quest to provide skilled workers for the needs of local manufacturers. Once again highlighting just how important this topic is to all of us. Lisa Christman, Master of Ceremonies, chose this event to shine the spotlight on the role educators in the Southeast region are playing in efforts to meet unfulfilled demands for skilled workers.

Manufest and “What’s so Cool About Manufacturing” have been gaining momentum over the past few years and we are looking forward to manufacturers participating and benefiting from these programs again this year, The symposium worked hard to focus attention on what’s happening in other places.

Talent Pipeline Event Highlights

  • Chapter 339 is holding public schools accountable for career readiness, not just college readiness. Kyle Longacre from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit reviewed areas that our manufacturing community can get involved such as Educator in the Workplace, Industry Tours, Internships and Industry panels.
  • There was a focus and direction on Technical High Schools to start teaching a new generation of machine capable students. This was highlighted by Jeff Swenda, Upper Bucks Tech School
  • Advanced Manufacturing efforts and the future ready PA Index program was covered by Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski
  • Adult education programs were highlighted by Emily Evans
  • Bucks County Community College’s on-going efforts to provide quality entry level candidates  through the cohort programs was discussed by Susan Herring
  • Mike Reil introduced Denis Sichkar and Cheryl Coia of Ball Corporation to present their success story around securing high quality workers through the cohort programs
  • Clara Console, Choice Careers, focused on the value of participation in Apprenticeship programs such as NTAP and the efforts to recruit and support new applicant for available opportunities
  • CareerLink efforts and offerings were highlighted by Mark Solis, Bucks Works
  • Company options for training funding was discussed by Jim Billow, Montgomery Works as well as a shout-out to Team Bucks and Team Montco for their work in support of regional manufacturers

Manufacturers were able to visit training providers and educators one on one after the presentations in an expo setting to get specific information for their training needs.  A future Alliance event in January will shift the skills gap focus to latest and most effective efforts being used to attract and recruit employees who will be successful contributors to our manufacturing members.