Oct 31, 201710:45 AMInside Wisconsin
with Tom Still
As workforce growth slows, new approaches are needed to meet demand
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Why veterans? About 175,000 leave the military each year and the experience generally equips them to be disciplined, reliable, apt to solve problems, and work well within a team. Many also come with core technical skills that can translate to the private sector with training.
Winters said targeted programs such as the advanced manufacturing academy make sense because they can leverage an under-utilized source of talent — such as military veterans — and quickly produce people who are ready to work their first day on the job.
“If you’re not already recruiting veterans, give it a second look,” Winters said.
The academy is basically a free program for those who apply and are selected, Stultz said. The application process will begin later this year. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/yae5atpz.
The academy has the backing of Rockwell Automation’s chief executive officer, Blake Moret, as well as Jonas Prising, the chairman and chief executive officer for Manpower. While not directly born from the Wisconsin campaign to recruit Foxconn Technology Group to Racine County, it’s part of a larger effort to ensure there are enough workers to meet Foxconn’s needs over time. As Stultz noted, Foxconn has a “hard buy-in” to the academy.
Despite dire warnings of a coming “robocalypse,” in which robots displace workers by the millions, Manpower predicts there will be 3.5 million new jobs in U.S. manufacturing by 2027. There is no single solution for filling those jobs, but innovative partnerships such as the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing can help.
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