Attracting the Next Generation of Manufacturers
Minnesota businesses are partnering with schools and communities to update the image of manufacturing in the minds of students, parents and teachers.
Enterprise Minnesota magazine's September issue features a story detailing how some manufacturers and other community businesses are promoting manufacturing careers. In West Central Minnesota, several companies are participating in activities sponsored by Dream It. Do It. (DIDI), a national recruitment strategy developed by the National Association of Manufacturers. DIDI's mission is to educate students, parents and teachers about the high-tech, high-paying manufacturing career opportunities available in the region. As part of the strategy, participating manufacturers are featured on billboards, which highlight young people who have chosen manufacturing as their career.
Manufacturers have also helped DIDI create videos about career opportunities available in their companies. Targeted to high school and middle school students, the videos show real-world applications of math and science and connect classroom learning to viable careers. They will be posted on YouTube and the DIDI website.
Debby Hoel, Pequot Tool and Manufacturing human resources manager, says the participating DIDI manufacturers recognized that teaming up would be more effective than working individually. In addition to their work with DIDI, the manufacturers have formed an alliance through the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce to promote manufacturing careers to students.
Support for students interested in manufacturing careers is also increasing. North Anoka Plumbing offers $500 Trade Scholarships to two St. Francis High School students each year to pursue skilled trade careers. Owners Bill and Karen Jansen hope the scholarship will encourage more high school graduates to attend technical school for post-secondary training.
Although redefining manufacturing's reputation will take time, the public awareness that manufacturers are creating has already brought benefits. Applications for the high school apprenticeship program at Pequot Tool are up and more than 50 percent of the apprentices now return to Pequot for a full-time position upon graduation from high school or technical college. North Anoka Plumbing's Trade Scholarship program has attracted more summer apprentices to its company too, and one scholarship recipient, a 2012 St. Francis High School graduate, will attend Alexandria Technical College this fall with a full-time machinist position waiting for him upon graduation.
Look for Manufacturing Talent on page 12 of Enterprise Minnesota magazine online on Sept. 24 at www.enterpriseminnesota.org.
The Value of Your Business - What Expert Buyers Are Looking For
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2012
801 Nicollet Mall, Suite 1100 West Tower
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How can manufacturers achieve strategic value in the eyes of an investor? Investors will ask... Is your company known and competing in a market niche that can be successful? Do you deliver products/services most efficiently? Do you differentiate products and services within markets with the greatest potential? The key lies in how well your company understands the role of values in the journey to create business value. Come hear what these companies are doing to identify and develop identifiable worth inside their company.
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Minnesota Manufacturers' Week Oct. 21-27
across the state of Minnesota will have an opportunity during Minnesota
Manufacturer's week to participate in an event intended to help build a
pipeline of future workers for skilled jobs in the manufacturing
sector. This year, Manufacturers' Week will include a statewide Tour of
Manufacturing; a week when the general public is invited to tour
participating manufacturing businesses.
44th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
Trusight 2012 Annual Conference
"Preparing for the Future:Investing in the Human Side of Business"
Science Museum of Minnesota
Employment Practices Lawsuits
Golden Valley Golf & Country Club
2012 Annual Meeting & Issues Conference
MN Chamber of Commerce
September 25, 2012
Experience Modification Calculation Changes Webinar
Sept. 26, 2012
Leveraging ISO Certification to Grow Your Business
Oct. 3, 2012
8 - 11am
7225 Northland Drive North #300
Supervision I: Leadership Fundamentals for Manufacturers Only
Oct. 17, 2012
9805 45th Ave.North Plymouth
Leveraging Operational Excellence to Achieve Growth
8 - 11 am
9805 45th Ave.North
Wind Energy Supply Chain Workshop
Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
Oct. 18, 2012
8am - Noon
Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road