Does Your Organization Walk the Training Talk?
Everybody talks about the challenge of developing the next generation of manufacturing workforce talent, and a professional organization is recognizing companies that are successful at doing something about it.
SME announced it was accepting nominations for its second annual Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award to honor innovative best practices in training programs focused on building a high-performing workforce. That is no easy feat for most manufacturers, which are likely to be struggling with replacing retiring baby boomers while ensuring upcoming employees have the necessary skills to succeed in an increasingly technological manufacturing environment.
“It’s vital that companies today recognize the value of investing in their workforce,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME, the workforce development division of SME. “Through the Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award, we are pleased to spotlight examples of manufacturers who understand the key role of talent in business success, and demonstrate an exceptional commitment and dedication to talent development, recruitment and retention.”
The nomination and application period runs from April 26 through June 30, 2021, and is open to all manufacturers. Each application will be judged on an organization’s demonstration of these criteria:
- Alignment to business strategy
- Job definition
- Curriculum (alignment and articulation)
- Quality of instruction
- Training infrastructure and continuous improvement
- Assessment and validation
More information about the award criteria and a downloadable application can be found here. SME was formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.