Reinventing the Way We Work: Closing the Skills Gap
On October 16 at the GE Garages Space of Chicago Ideas Week Headquarters (401 N. Michigan Avenue) the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) coalition hosted a breakfast that included a special announcement by Governor Pat Quinn that Illinois is the the first state to join the Coalition. Alongside the Governor were veterans' advocate and actor Gary Sinise; Greg Baise, the president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association; Dr. Kenneth Ender, the president of Harper College; and Russell Stokes, the president and CEO of GE Transportation. Get Skills to Work, joins major manufacturers and educators to prepare and place veterans in long-term careers.
Following the announcement, WBEZ business reporter Niala Boodhoo moderated a panel that explored the current skills gap in advanced manufacturing and solutions for employing our nation's veterans. The panel included Gary Sinise, Craig Giffi, Deloitte LLP, Michael D’Ambrose, Archer Daniels Midland, and Daniel Brewer, veteran, former GSTW participant & employee at GE Aviation.
Maufacturers of any size are welcome to join the Coalition. Use the Employer Application for Get Skills to Work on the Manufacturing Institute web site.
Grainger Kicked Off Skilled Trades Awareness Month by Launching a Playbook that Connects Students, Schools and Businesses
On Oct. 8, 2013 Grainger launched an interactive skilled trades playbook, called "Dynamic Partnerships for a New Economy," designed to connect businesses and community colleges in an effort to boost local workforce development. The Playbook, developed in partnership with Skills for America's Future, serves as a one-stop, how-to guide with tips, best practices and other tools to help businesses and community colleges work together to train and advance workers in the industrial skilled trades.
Visit www.skilledtradesplaybook.org to download the full Skilled Trades Playbook and learn more about the skills gap challenge.
Last Updated on 2013-10-16 11:39:00.7