From MAGNET: Attracting and Retaining Manufacturing Talent

Each month we be feature a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Attracting and Retaining Manufacturing Talent By Judith Crocker, Director of Workforce & Talent Development, MAGNET Recent surveys of manufacturers consistently identify one of their top three priorities as workforce issues. Companies— regardless of size— recognize that a highly skilled, qualified workforce is critical to their success. Whether manufacturers are seeking to develop new products, enter new markets, or improve overall productivity, their workforce will be key to their ability to remain competitive and achieve their goals. Companies that are successful in attracting and retaining talented people  realize they must be pro-active and become part of their workforce  solution. Fewer young people are choosing manufacturing careers. They don’t know  the opportunities or the educational requirements.  Coupling that fact with  smaller numbers of students in high school means a smaller pool of qualified candidates for employment. To overcome that obstacle, smart manufacturers are actively engaging with educational institutions in their communities, informing students, teachers, guidance counselors and parents about the many stable and well-paying jobs they have available. Starting with middle school age students, these manufacturers are sending young scientists, engineers, technicians and machine operators to visit local classrooms and talk with students about their work. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to open houses to see the inside of plants and facilities they likely drive by on a daily basis, but have no idea of what is actually taking place inside. They tour the facility, are introduced to the young professionals in the company and see for themselves what takes place…read more >

From MAGNET: How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Innovative Company

Each month we be feature a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Innovative Company If you haven’t adopted LinkedIn as a means for promoting your company, now is definitely the time to do it. As of this week, LinkedIn has modified the format of company pages and this may prove to be especially beneficial for manufacturing companies. The change LinkedIn unveiled is the removal of the “Products & Services” tab of your company page in order to make way for showcase pages. Showcase pages allow you to extend your company page presence by creating a dedicated page for your most innovative products and services. On these pages, you can share content just as you would with company page status updates. The new format helps your company build long-term relationships with LinkedIn members who want to follow specific areas of your business that interest them most. In addition, it can help you attract the hard-to-reach younger workforce by presenting your company as an innovative and lively company. As many manufacturing companies have a complex and vast array of products and services, each with different audiences, showcase pages allow you to address different markets with customized content. Whether on purpose or not, LinkedIn’s showcase pages provide the ability to segment your audience and these people can choose to subscribe to any of your pages in order to receive content that’s tailored to what they’re interested in.  Keys to Showcase Page Success  Showcase pages have a lot of potential and provide an opportunity to highlight what makes your company…read more >

From MAGNET: Sauder Woodworking and MAGNET Find A Way To Innovation

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Sauder Woodworking and MAGNET Find A Way To Innovation When Sauder Woodworking began seeing less growth and profits, the company couldn’t afford to invest in innovation, yet truly needed to explore new markets. By reaching out to MAGNET, the Sauder Company received structured guidance towards innovating a new kind of product and ensuring its financial success. In this video, you’ll learn how MAGNET helped lead the Sauder Woodworking Company to create the innovative and commercially successful WoodTrac Ceiling System. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: Manufacturing – It’s for Women Too!

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Manufacturing - It's for Women Too! As the economy in Northeast Ohio continues to rebound, the demand for skilled, educated workers in manufacturing is increasing. Employers are seeking future workers from all sources and there is growing recognition of the role that women can play in these 21st Century careers. Welding is one of those careers that offers great opportunities for women.  A recent CNBC.com article illustrates the demand and potential for women in today’s modern manufacturing workplace. See the CNBC article here. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: MAGNET Helps SIFCO Streamline And Stay “SMART”

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. MAGNET Helps SIFCO Streamline And Stay “SMART” SIFCO Forge Group found themselves with longer-than-desired turnaround and delivery times and needed a lean program to help them reduce these times and their costs. In partnering with MAGNET, SIFCO went far beyond a typical lean program and redefined their company culture with the SIFCO SMART program. In this video, you’ll learn more about MAGNET and SIFCO’s development of SMART and how it positively impacted not just SIFCO’s bottom line but every single member of its workforce. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: Innovate or Die

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Innovate or Die: How Thermotion Moved Forward Thermotion, LLC found themselves at a stalled point of growth and needed some major innovation for the development of their Thermo-Magnetic Actuators. In order to improve their product and reach newer and larger marketplaces, Thermotion and MAGNET worked very closely together and combined their respective expertise to create a more efficient and better performing actuator. This video will show you how Thermotion and MAGNET improved this business-critical product to reach new clients and to better help current clients such as the U.S. military. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: Manufacturing and Engineering Jobs Are In Demand

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Manufacturing and Engineering Jobs Are In Demand [...] the demand for jobs in manufacturing and engineering is as strong as ever. The types of opportunities in these fields are varied and now is the perfect time to consider a career that is both rewarding and exciting. This brief video provides a glimpse into the world of manufacturing and engineering and the wonderful future that goes with it. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: How NASA Can Help Your Manufacturing Company

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. How NASA Can Help Your Manufacturing Company Imagine developing a product and receiving in-depth advice from a NASA expert on how to make it better! This exact opportunity is made possible through MAGNET and NASA’s Manufacturing Innovation Project, in which local NASA Glenn Research Center subject matter experts are available to consult with local manufacturers. In this video, you’ll see how this partnership has helped various manufacturers improve their products, as well as how MAGNET and the city of Cleveland have made a positive economic impact for these manufacturers. Click here to read the original post.read more >

From MAGNET: Find New Talent

Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. Employers: Find New Talent with MAGNET’s Summer Work-Based Learning Experiences Program Now is the time for Northeast Ohio manufacturers to step up and become part of the skills-gap solution by taking part in a unique summer work-force development program coordinated by MAGNET. MAGNET’s 2013 Work-Based Learning Experiences program (WBLE) offers work-based learning experiences to high-school students who will enter their senior year next fall.  Students from Mahoning County Career Technical Center, Polaris Career Center and Lorain County Joint Vocational School are participating in this “earn and learn” program. This program allows Northeast Ohio manufacturers to be part of the solution and help attract and engage young people in engineering and manufacturing careers. Manufacturers can contact me, Judith Crocker, by phone (216.432.5386) or email to participate. Prep: One- and Two-Day Shadowing Events In addition, in preparation for the summer WBLE program, MAGNET is currently seeking companies that will welcome a student to shadow an employee for  just one or two days, to learn about the company’s products or services. This will give them the opportunity to see for themselves how what they are studying in school relates to the “real world” experience of a manufacturer. It is our hope that employers who participate in the “shadowing” program will see the student’s potential and go on to offer that student a chance to participate in the summer WBLE program. About MAGNET’s WBLE Program Participating employers provide up to 150 hours of work and learning experiences related to the students’ programs of study. These include: Electronics & Alternative Energy Welding…read more >

From MAGNET: MAGNET Workforce & Talent Development Team Helps Returning Veterans Find Manufacturing Jobs

Each month we'll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET's mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org. This post originally appeared on MAGNET's  Manufacturing Success blog and is reposted with permission. MAGNET Workforce & Talent Development Team Helps Returning Veterans Find Manufacturing Jobs MAGNET is proud to continue working with regional manufacturing companies in connecting our military veterans to excellent career opportunities. This is accomplished through MAGNET’s Career Assistance for Returning Veterans program. In this video, you’ll see how our close relationship with prominent Northeast Ohio-based manufacturers can help you towards utilizing your skills as part of a solid workforce and in an industry that needs dedicated people. Click here to read the original post.read more >