Tooling U-SME Blog

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

The question we will discuss today is: Are you doing competency modeling right? But maybe the first question should be: Are you doing competency modeling at all? You should be if you want to align your business needs with your workforce, eliminate skill gaps and drive talent development.
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S., and at Tooling U-SME we recognize the men and women who’ve dedicated their careers to prepare and mentor our incumbent and next-generation manufacturing workforce. Their commitment is invaluable. They work diligently to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to learn and stay current with the latest technology and processes.
A recent story by Lauren Weber in The Wall Street Journal, highlights how, in this tight labor market, companies are starting to retrain the workers they have.

At Tooling U-SME, we see every day how reskilling manufacturing workers reduces recruiting costs and builds engaged, loyal employees by offering clear career pathways.
April is National Welding Month, so we thought we’d take a look at the status of the welding workforce in America.

But first, we’d like to say Happy Birthday to our friends at the American Welding Society (AWS).

This year marks their 100th year advancing the science and art of welding. Congratulations on a decade of making a difference.
Changing workforce demographics was a hot topic and a common theme during two educational presentations we participated in at the recent HOUSTEX manufacturing event. One was a seminar called “The Onboarding Challenge” and the other was a panel discussion on “Competing for Top Talent During a Labor Shortage.”
The face of manufacturing is changing. Advanced manufacturing technology is transforming outdated plant floors to high-tech centers of innovation. At the same time, baby boomers are exiting the workforce and passing the baton to Gen Xers, millennials and the newest addition to the labor force, Gen Z.