Manufacturing Forum a Success!

July 27th, 2015

The Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative - a partnership between Worksystems, the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County and the SW Washington Development Council - recently sponsored a Manufacturing Forum to update business leaders on progress made towards the Manufacturing Workforce Plan. Roughly 150 people attended.

The Manufacturing Workforce Plan identifies the three key issues businesses have told us are impacting their industry: 

1. The quality and quantity of young workers entering the industry. 
2. The skills of current available workers. 
3. Technology and process changes.
In response, the Collaborative has:
  • Hosted a manufacturing career exploration day with over 600 students in attendance.
  • Provided 100 manufacturing internships for area youth.
  • Convened a Career Technical Education advisory board to provide a platform for manufacturers to discuss their needs directly with education providers.
  • Invested over $2M over the past 2 years to train current workers in manufacturing occupations.
  • Created a Certified Production Technician credential program to provide training for this in-demand occupation; 6 cohorts have been trained with over 70 graduates so far.
  • Funded On-the-Job training for 520 workers who were hired by area manufacturing companies.
  • Advanced the skills of more than 3,000 manufacturing workers over the past 3 years. 
  • Hosted industry-specific job fairs where 43 companies promoted their job openings to over 400 job seekers, many of whom had previous industry experience.
  • Provided opportunities for over 70 companies to engage in lean, ISO and other trainings.

 The Collaborative will continue to work with the manufacturing industry to address and resolve their workforce issues and challenges. Learn more about our support of the manufacturing industry!