Cleveland, WI (PRWEB) December 05, 2012
Lakeshore Technical College (LTC), serving four counties in eastern Wisconsin, has partnered with industrial skills solutions provider Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) to address and help solve the manufacturing skills shortage impacting local industrial performance.
Shortages in skilled production workers are already taking their toll on manufacturer’s ability to expand operations, drive innovation, and improve productivity. Karen E. Klein, at Bloomberg news service, reported on a recent survey of 1,600 manufacturing companies in the U.S. It showed that nearly half the respondents have openings for line workers, skilled trade workers, and engineers, but many have trouble filling the positions. The survey, released by industrial product sourcing and supplier selection website ThomasNet.com, echoes other reports of skilled labor shortages. "Instead of lamenting the problem, manufacturers are helping educators establish training programs for prospective employees," notes Linda Rigano, executive director of strategic services at Thomas Industrial Network.
The skills gap problem is especially acute in Wisconsin. By 2018, this manufacturing worker shortage will reach a critical stage as Wisconsin must fill 925,000 jobs, many of them in the skilled trade area, due to growth and baby boomer retirements. LTC has been providing a skilled, diverse and flexible workforce to their local communities for 100 years.
“Local manufacturers look to LTC for innovative skills solutions that will help drive performance in their facility,” says Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC President. “SMT’s industrial skills training curriculum and hands-on industrial skills assessment programs have been driving industrial performance globally for four decades. We are excited to partner with SMT and deliver these proven manufacturing skills solutions for manufacturers in our communities.”
SMT’s hands-on industrial skills curriculum teaches and trains critical skill sets required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a modern manufacturing facility. With highly effective industrial skills curriculum that is 100% demand driven, built by and for industrial operations professionals, SMT has trained LTC staff to deliver a program incorporating over 200 hands-on training aids. Students train on the same tools, components, and systems they will encounter on the manufacturing floor.
LTC also has deployed SMT's industrial skills assessment program. The assessment "machines" and hands-on assessment protocols identify and quantify the skills required to operate an industrial facility; namely mechanical skills, electrical skills, PLC skills, and CNC skills. With SMT’s assessment metrics, scores on the assessments have been shown to correlate to future success in these skill areas. This enables employers to predict success with confidence and make personnel decisions after identifying skills thus avoiding misplaced training costs. The program lowers the risk and cost of hiring.
Local manufacturers recently participated in the “Assessment Protocol Training” at LTC in which SMT trained and certified LTC staff to deliver the hands-on assessments for local industry. Part of the training regimen delivers hands-on assessments that allow staff to perfect their assessment skills. Local industry provided production employees for LTC staff to assess.
“The leadership teams from several of our local manufacturers had an opportunity to see how the assessment program works and how the skill solution will improve performance by raising the skill level of their workforce,” says Michael Thompson, Dean of Apprenticeship and Automotive at LTC. “The feedback has been extremely positive as each participating company immediately recognized the impact the assessment program can have on their bottom line by identifying and quantifying skills in the hiring process. Adding the assessment program and skills training curriculum to our existing industrial skills training capabilities will strengthen our program and help local manufacturers solve the industrial skills shortage.”
About Scientific Management Techniques, Inc.
Scientific Management Techniques is the global leader in industrial skills assessments and industrial skills training. SMT’s manufacturing skill solutions are currently deployed in thirty-one countries. The skills training curriculum trains to the critical skills required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot an industrial facility. Their hands-on manufacturing skills assessment machines and assessment protocols are used in the hiring process to identify and measure industrial skills; Mechanical, Electrical, PLC, and CNC skills. Many organizations assess their incumbent workforce and deliver targeted training based on the assessment data. WWW.Scientific-Management.Com
Contact: Mr. Stephen Berry, SMT President, Sberry(at)Scientific-Management(dot)com 603-421-0222
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: http://www.gotoltc.edu.
Contact: Mr. Bret Blizzard, Public Relations Manager, bret(dot)blizzard(at)gotoltc(dot)edu, (920) 693-1196