Last week the Council of Industry, as part of its ongoing efforts to develop a skilled workforce for Hudson Valley Manufacturers, organized a tour for educators of Westchester County manufacturers. Partnering with The Workforce Development Institute, Westchester Community College, Southern Westchester BOCES, and Westchester County Youth Bureau, we chartered a Coach bus and brought 34 administrators, guidance counselors and teachers to see firsthand the careers and career pathways available to their students in manufacturing
Meet Barbara Reer, the Director of Professional Technology Programs at SUNY Ulster. Reer writes grants, programs courses, seeks funding and works directly with students to build career pathways by assessing their performance and helping them find job leads. Learn more about how she's helping the Hudson Valley manufacturing workforce inside.
Meet Thomas, CNC Apprentice and Production Operator at Usheco. “We are proud to have Tommy enrolled in the CNC Machinist Apprenticeship Program.” Said Alethea Shuman, VP of Sales and Engineering at Usheco. “Tommy embraces the challenge of learning new skill sets and we look forward to supporting and watching him expand his knowledge and expertise while applying his new skills here at Usheco.” Read more inside.
Meet Korey, CNC apprentice at Kolmar. Korey started as a temporary employee cleaning the facility. When Korey learned that Kolmar was opening up an apprentice opportunity to current employees he was quick to apply. By the end of March he was selected and registered under the CNC Machinist trade. You can read Korey's full story inside.
Meet Peter, a CNC Machinist and Apprentice at Sono-Tek Corporation in Milton, NY. Peter's career in manufacturing started at an optics company where he first learned about diamond cutting and CNC machines. He's been able to use the skills he gained at that job to help him be successful at Sono-Tek.
Meet Forrest, the Sub Assembly Technician 2 at MPI for the past 2 years. Forrest joined the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program in January under the Electro-Mechanical trade. He told us that the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized accreditation as a journey level worker is what encouraged him to join and continues to motivate him. Learn more inside.
Meet Bruce- a Machine Operator at Elna Magnetics for the past 6 months. Bruce recently joined the Council of Industry's registered apprentice program under the CNC Machinist trade. He began his manufacturing career in assembly and quickly worked his way up to becoming a machinist. Learn more about his journey to a career in manufacturing inside.
Meet Josh, an apprentice at LoDolce Machine. Josh has been working at LoDolce for a little less than a year as a Machine Operator. He was recently registered under the CNC Machinist trade in the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.
“In my previous positions as a recruiter and corporate trainer I had done some research into Applicant Tracking Systems. It occurred to me that the Council could purchase a subscription and make the service available to participating members.” Hansen said. “Hiring managers get a system where they can post jobs, sort and track candidates and get other resources and support throughout the hiring process. Posted jobs are distributed to over 100 job boards like: Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn and Glassdoor.”
Many people believed that robots and machines would one day take over blue-collar jobs, however, it’s actually resulted in the exact opposite. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet have only created more jobs. Find out the causes behind the ongoing blue-collar drought and the initiatives being put in place to combat it.
Most of our members indicate that workforce is their number one concern. Many of them also indicate they are hiring and training on the job. The apprentice program allows companies to enhance their current training program while creating a clear pathway that makes sense to job seekers and employees alike.
Meet Zachary, an apprentice at Stanfordville Machine. Zach has spent the past 3 months at Stanfordville as a Machine Operator, and recently registered as a pre-apprentice in The Council of Industry’s NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice in this post.