Dearborn, Michigan (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
In light of Pres. Obama's, "State of the Union" address regarding America's manufacturing base and job training, there continues to be a discussion about the need for skilled manufacturing employees in the U.S. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) sme.org has many initiatives dedicated to:
- Reducing skilled labor shortage
- Preparing military veterans through training and certification for manufacturing jobs
- Educating tomorrow's workforce via numerous programs at educational facilities
- On-site training for workers to acquire new skills
SME Executive Director Mark Tomlinson can speak to what's being done to close the skills gap and fill the 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs, and efforts to ensure that gap does not widen.
SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for the manufacturing education they offer.
http://www.smeef.org/ The Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) has recognized the following schools:
Calera High School, Calera, AL
Hawthorne High School – Los Angeles, CA
Esperanza High School, Anaheim, CA
Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA
Wheeling High School - Chicago, IL
McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis, IN
Some of SME's other initiatives include:
- SME helped to develop the competency model for the Labor Dept. and high schools, community colleges and universities.
- SME works with the following governmental agencies to help elevate their understanding of today's and the future of manufacturing and jobs training for Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Environmental Protection & Labor. SME also assists Veteran's groups with training for careers in manufacturing.
- SME recently produced a white paper, "Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy." Which outlines how America moves forward to educate our workforce of the future and keep manufacturing a strong component for our economy.
- Tooling U – SME Professional Development
- Tooling U- SME training solutions address manufacturers’ pressing workforce challenges with industry-driven content that aligns to manufacturing job roles
- Tooling U-SME provides integrated, results-oriented training programs to industry, education and government institutions that strategically align to organizational goals:
- More than 50% of Fortune 500 manufacturing companies are Tooling U-SME customers
- Over 500 community colleges, high schools and middle schools are Tooling U-SME customers