Tooling U-SME Blog

Tooling U-SME's blog focuses on best practices, tools and tips for workforce training and development.

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  • Thank You For Attending Members Day At FABTECH!
    Thank You For Attending Members Day At FABTECH! (Scheduled Post)
    On a snowy day in Chicago, we were happy to have several SME members join us at FABTECH 2019 for our Members Day, hosted by Chicago Chapter 5! Throughout the day, we held several different events, kicking it off with a continental breakfast and VIP seating at the opening keynote. Other activities included: Emerging professional's meetup with task group ... more
I was fortunate enough to not only attend WESTEC this year, but also participate as a panelist and moderator, serve as emcee and lead an interactive Knowledge Bar session. WESTEC has been the leading California manufacturing event for over 56 years. More than 8,000 manufacturers from the aerospace, medical, industrial machinery, automotive and fabricated metal industries come together to participate in world-class exhibits, industry-led education sessions, and networking events. The show spanned 91,000 square feet and hosted 425+ exhibiting companies.
Implementing a comprehensive, consistent learning and development program can seem daunting. But it doesn’t need to be.

We hear from a lot of manufacturers who are at risk. They need training to move their organizations forward, reduce quality errors, meet customer demands, and grow — but they resist taking teams away from the day-to-day operations for this training because they don’t have enough people.
Recently I attended the 31st annual National Coalition of Advanced Technology Center (NCATC) conference, “Moving Industry 4.0 Forward: Models for Competency-Based Credentialing and Career Pathways.”
Tooling U-SME has been an advocate of Manufacturing Day since the program’s inception in 2012. Over the years, we have supported academic programs and provided high schools, community colleges and universities with curriculum to prepare the next-generation workforce for successful and fulfilling careers in manufacturing. We do this because we believe in the strength of the industrial sector and the resilience of its people.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), apprenticeships show 56 percent growth since 2013. In 2018, nationwide, there were over 585,000 apprentices. This is a proven strategy for developing a workforce that is essential for the prosperity of the nation.

Manufacturing has long been an advocate of apprenticeship programs.

The results are clear:
The start of a new school year alerts educators to the numbers of students that have enrolled at their community or technical college across the country.

Declining enrollment is always a consideration. Nearly 60 percent of community college presidents reported that enrollment is down at their institutions over the last few years, ...

Scheduled Posts

  • Thank You For Attending Members Day At FABTECH! (Scheduled Post)
    On a snowy day in Chicago, we were happy to have several SME members join us at FABTECH 2019 for our Members Day, hosted by Chicago Chapter 5! Throughout the day, we held several different events, kicking it off with a continental breakfast and VIP seating at the opening keynote. Other activities included: Emerging professional's meetup with task group ... more