Demand Driven Training for the 21st Century:
Building Oklahoma's Talent Pipeline in Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Transportation & Logistics
"Manufacturing Sector Needs More Qualified Applicants" by Jerry Wofford, Tulsa World
Manufacturing-sector experts said Tuesday (July 23) that the number of high-skill, high-wage jobs is growing across the U.S., but the pool of qualified applicants isn't meeting the demand. Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute - an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers - said the needs aren't being met due to poor public perception of the industrial sector and a lack of standardized training.
McNelly spoke to nearly 200 economic development, education and company leaders during a workforce summit at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. "As you look at the trending of manufacturing output in Oklahoma, it's always nice to notice that uptick," she said, pointing to a rise in manufacturing after sharp declines during the recession. "There's always a catch: If I could find the talent."
The conference, "Demand Driven Training for the 21st Century: Building Oklahoma's Talent Pipeline in Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Transportation & Logistics," was a chance for those different players in the process from education to employment to discuss how they can better serve each other and grow their businesses. Read more.
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Jennifer McNelly, The Manufacturing Institute
Leo Reddy, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
Jeff Nesheim, Workforce Development, ACT
Amber Robertson, 3M Boron Products
Gene Bowman, Alamo Academies
Kent Andersen, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas
Chris Bernhardt, Madison Strategies Group
Deidre Myers, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Terry May, Mesa Products