Workforce Development

Meet Mary Jane – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Mary Jane is the Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) for the Hudson Valley. Her job is to work with partners in the region on expanding, promoting and retaining the workforce. Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

“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.”

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New York State Apprentice Program Information Session

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.

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2018 Manufacturing Employment Trends

Several employment trends in 2018 made a significant impact on the manufacturing industry. Check out this post for a full list of trends and how they individually affected the workplace.

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7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Event a Success

Students at Mfg Day

As modern manufacturing’s biggest stage, Manufacturing Day gives nearly 300,000 youth and their parents a powerful opportunity to see firsthand how they can create a bright future for themselves and their community through a career in modern manufacturing. Thanks to impactful events held by thousands of manufacturers across the country, those efforts are working.

But how can you make sure your MFG Day event is a success?

We’re here to help. Once you’ve gotten people to attend your MFG Day event, you’ll want to make the most of your time together. Those few hours you spend with one another are your chance to show your guests the importance of what you do — and the creativity, advanced skills and technology required to do it. Ideally, your passion will spark something similar in the young people who you introduce to modern manufacturing, inspiring them to learn more about the industry and one day join the manufacturing team.

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Collaborate Recruitment Initiative Success Story

Fair-Rite Products new hires

The Council of Industry's Collaborative Recruitment Initiative has been instrumental in helping members fill open positions throughout their companies. Debra Sherman's story is a testament to just how valuable the initiative has been for members who fully utilize its capabilities. In just 5 short months Debra has posted 17 jobs and successfully filled 10 positions. View the full article to learn more about the Collaborative Recruitment Initiative and how it can benefit all members.

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There’s Gold in the Hills of the Hudson Valley

As I travel around the Hudson Valley meeting with various leaders in industry, I hear the same concern: “We can’t find enough qualified employees to fill the positions that are being left vacant by retirement, innovation, etc.” This is where a value added strategy can benefit employers: developing collaborative partnerships with education.

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