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  • State Bureau of LMI projects about 422 mfg openings/year over the next 10 years. AdvanceOhio’s survey of respondents projected 2170 per year over 2005-08 (3 yrs) – almost 5 times what the State’s Bureau of LMI shows.
  • Median size of mfg member: 22 employees. Our approach links process improvement, with people (HR mgmt) improvement. One Board committee oversees both functions.
  • “New economy” will create jobs in mfg, just as continuing economic change will destroy or relocate them. Mfg of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, precision mfg, plastics and metals.
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    1. 1. WIRE-Net: Where Manufacturing Matters   <ul><li>Presentation to the Investing in Workers Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing Skills Gaps in Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>WIRE-Net’s Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for Training & Education </li></ul><ul><li>WIRE-Net </li></ul><ul><li>4855 W. 130 th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 USA </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: (216) 588-1440 Internet: www.wire-net.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    2. 2. The Pain <ul><li>National Studies Highlight the Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Skill shortages are broad and deep. Over 80% of firms surveyed in NAM’s 2005 report are feeling the pain…the same as in 2001 when last surveyed. ( http:// www.nam.org/s_nam/sec.asp?CID =201501&DID=229883 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needed: skilled production workers; scientists/engineers; and 39% with a shortage of unskilled production workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful employees will have strong basic employability and technical skills, combined with strong workplace communication and interpersonal skills. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Echoes in Ohio <ul><li>Governor’s Workforce Policy Board: AdvanceOhio June 2005 ( http://www.advanceohio.voslergroup.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide survey: what’s keeping mfrs from finding the right people? </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Respondents: 45,500 jobs to be filled over the next 3 years. 61% entry level like machine operators, material handlers. </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide projections: 400,000 positions to be filled; 250,000 entry level. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty filling the positions: More than 60% anticipate difficulty filling these positions. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work Ethic (interpersonal skills, initiative, dependability) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Echoes in Cuyahoga County <ul><li>Mfg Focus Group, Aug 2006: </li></ul><ul><li>30 mfg ERs; educators; business organizations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metalworking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Machinery builders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rocket builders (i.e., NASA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills Needed: employability skills, computer numeric controlled machining, lean mfg, advanced welding, plastics processing, electrical-mechanical maintenance. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Opportunities to Connect <ul><li>Integrate school based training with companies’ on-the-job training. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new adult intern or co-op programs </li></ul><ul><li>Better integrate computer based and on-the-job training. Train the trainer so companies do better themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Document training results and outcomes so ERs know you can deliver. </li></ul><ul><li>Create stronger incentives for companies to train. </li></ul><ul><li>Help reposition mfg so ERs can overcome image issues. </li></ul>
    6. 6. WIRE-Net Approach <ul><li>Formed in 1986 when most economic development was about downtown office buildings (UDAGs). </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneering private, non-profit, economic development organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Membership based: 215 mfg and related member companies. </li></ul><ul><li>$1.7 million budget and 15 staff. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 in adult and youth employment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work only with manufacturing. </li></ul>
    7. 7. WIRE-Net 101 <ul><li>Sectoral employment focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Precision machining (with NASA’s Glenn Research Ctr); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations in Mfg Skills with Tri-C </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial Distribution (with PTDA, NAM, Tri-C). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal Working (with Cleve/Cuy WIB, CMSD, Tri-C) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize existing training capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect people to training and careers now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage internal training to improve retention and advancement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WN serves the whole company: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People (Workforce Education); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process (Mfg Innovation and Markets); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place (Industrial Redevelopment). </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Sectoral Approach <ul><li>A new name for a common sense approach to workforce training. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand your market, starting with your final customer, the Employer . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Targeted, with its occupations or cluster of occupations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the context: training institutions, industry associations, supply chain, current and emerging economic and competitive conditions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for win-win solutions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes for ERs: productivity, retention, reduced costs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes for EEs: earning power, benefits, education, career path. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stronger, more effective system. </li></ul></ul></ul>Sectoral Employment programs… target an industry and its occupations to improve quality of job opportunities for low income people and to support economic development..
    9. 9. WIRE-Net’s Approach <ul><li>Get Out There: Year-round outreach to targeted employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Integrated : Link mfg with workforce development. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Noticed: Advocate for the needs you can’t resolve to Community Colleges, WIBS, and policy makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Relevant: HR Roundtable, HR Consulting. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Leverage from ER relationships: Adult and Youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Connected : to Economic Development: firms hiring often need space, equipment, financing. </li></ul>Sectoral Employment programs… become valued partners to industry, and leverage that value to create win-win partnerships for industry and workers.
    10. 10. WIRE-Net Works <ul><li>School to Career: Where Futures Matter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Skills, Employability and industry specific training. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Shadowing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accelerated Introduction to Manufacturing (AIM) Summer program </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. WIRE-Net WORKS <ul><li>WorkSource </li></ul><ul><li>For Job Seekers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-employment screening and referral. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Assessment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs Leads. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Employers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional, targeted recruitment, screening, assessment, retention. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource connections: for recruitment, HR support, training dollars. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IMPACT : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>350 unique firms served since 1989. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>239 adults placed in last 3 years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $5,000,000 direct annual economic impact </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Ohio: In the Cross Hairs <ul><li>State in transition… including manufacturing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2000-04: 1500+ Ohio mfg firms lost. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 jobs and $4.4 M in wages each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Companies doing more with fewer people…and despite competitive pressure on wages, skills must be ever sharper. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal response? Cuts in funding for training and education. </li></ul><ul><li>Contrary to Bush Administration’s “Mfg in America” report calling for transitional programs. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Training & Education Funding (Comparing 2007 to 2006 Funding) <ul><li>HOUSE BILL 5647 cuts $27 million for Ohio’s WIA, Pell Grants. </li></ul><ul><li>SENATE BILL 3708 cuts $23 million in Ohio’s WIA, Pell Grants. </li></ul><ul><li>Both leave Vocational and Adult Ed stagnant , ignoring inflation, and economic dislocation. </li></ul><ul><li>From 2001-2006, these programs have already been cut by $78 million in inflation adjusted dollars in Ohio alone. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HOLD THESE PROGRAMS HARMLESS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CONTACT YOUR OHIO SENATORS: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voinovich: (202) 224-3353 http://voinovich.senate.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DeWine: (202) 224-2315 http:// dewine.senate.gov / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More Info: The Workforce Alliance: www.workforcealliance.org </li></ul>
    14. 14. WIRE-Net What others are saying: www.wire-net.org <ul><li>PUBLIC/PRIVATE VENTURES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ppv.org/index.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FORD FOUNDATION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fordfound.org/elibrary/documents/0212/toc.cfm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ford Foundation Corporate Involvement Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.winwinpartner.com/Human%20Resources/ssKirby.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nam.org/s_nam/doc1.asp?CID=183&DID=236658 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Charles Stewart Mott Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mott.org/publications/pdf/Memov2n1.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ncruralcenter.org/rdwi/PromisingPractices.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Center For Community Change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.communitychange.org/about/publications/?page=economicdevelopment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PolicyLink </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.policylink.org/pdfs/CoreCities.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alliance for Regional Stewardship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.regionalstewardship.org/ARS_forums/boston/IS_monograph.pdf </li></ul></ul>