The state’s MEP center (Missouri Enterprise) celebrated an important milestone this week with a new workforce development program. So far this year, and through the Basics of Manufacturing accelerated training course, Missouri Enterprise and job centers across the state have successfully trained 52 unemployed and underemployed Missourians on manufacturing concepts. With this new set of skills, 70 percent of the participants are now working in jobs at manufacturing companies who were in desperate need of ready-to-work candidates. The Basics of Manufacturing curriculum includes blueprint reading, basic measuring, manufacturing processes, lean principles, team work, communications, professional behavior, and basic problem solving. Individuals who successfully complete the course will take part in an interview process with area manufacturers on the last day of the sessions.
At a time of nearly full employment, many of the individuals participating in the program have barriers to employment such as transportation, child care, etc. As we continue to move towards full employment, recruiting workers for vacant jobs or for training programs like this one will be even more challenging.
More information about the program can be found at https://www.missourienterprise.org/blog/264-new-hire-program-accelerated-basics-of-manufacturing-training.