Workforce development is one of the most important elements to building a successful company. It is a human resource function centered on recruitment. However, recruitment is only as good as retention, and retention is impacted by culture – it starts from the top down. For that reason, we’re inviting manufacturing company owners and CEO’s to attend the event to discover unique solutions to their recruitment and retention challenges. HR Directors are also welcome.
The Summit Series has begun. Our first event on October 15th was a success. We learned how to have an impact on the manufacturing community as a whole from Ron Angelo and Jennifer Gaggion. Sean McKirdy shared information on recruiting an alternative workforce. Leesa Schipani moderated a discussion on the Second Chance Program with Peter Brunault and Angel Torres from Whitcraft and Warden Garcia from the Department of Corrections. Note: It’s not too late to sign up.
Register for the remainder of the series and we’ll send you the video of the October event. Alternative Workforce and Collective Impact Two topics that will be covered during each webinar will be Alternative Workforce and Collective Impact. Alternative Workforce refers to hiring practices that include recruiting a segment of employees not previously considered. This ranges from people with Intellectual or Physical Disabilities to Alternative Learners and people with a variety of backgrounds. We will highlight some of the success stories of manufacturers who have taken this path. Collective Impact is an intentional way of working together and sharing information for the purpose of solving a complex problem. In this case, the challenge is filling the employment pipeline. We will highlight manufacturers and other organizations that are working on this challenge.
Presentations and Panel Discussions – 6-Part Series
- October 15, 2020 – Second Chance Program – Whitcraft Group & Department of Corrections – Completed – full video will be provided upon registration for the full series.
- December 17, 2020 POSTPONED until January 13, 2021- Alternative Workforce – Legrand, North and Central America – Completed – full video will be provided upon registration for the full series.
Michael Kijak, Director of Operational Excellence & Legrand Way with Legrand, North and Central America will discuss incorporating an alternative workforce into a manufacturing environment. With the need to grow the manufacturing workforce, all groups of people should be considered.
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers
Leesa Schipani (CTmrg board member) will moderate a discussion with representatives from several CT manufacturers. They will provide insight into their successes both with recruitment and retention. It will be a best practices session with specifics on practical implementation.
- Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Emotional Quotient Training – Wepco Plastics & Westminster Tool
Representatives from Wepco Plastics and Westminster Tool will discuss successful training options. Both companies have invested in EQ (Emotional Quotient) training to create an engaging place to work. If you have a tight budget and are looking for a program that will have a measurable impact on retention and recruiting, this is a webinar to attend.
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Apprenticeship Program – Workforce Alliance & Manufacturer TBD
Workforce Alliance of South Central CT will be presenting a case study with one of their manufacturing clients. They will discuss how they successfully implemented the Apprenticeship Program in their facility. Similar to all webinars in the series, this will be a tactical approach to implementing the Apprenticeship Program into your manufacturing facility.
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – Panel Discussion – Variety of Manufacturers
Leesa Schipani (CTmrg board member) will again moderate a discussion with representatives from a new group CT manufacturers. They will provide insight into their successes both with recruitment and retention. It will be a best practices session with specifics on practical implementation.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:00noon
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Here’s what one attendee had to say about last year’s summit… “I got a lot of value out of attending the event. I was able to get some information about NETAAC program grants which can be a great assistance to our company. The topics were of importance to many in the room including the benefits that employees of each generational segment bring to the workforce. The panel moderator (Leesa Schipani) was very good about providing the panelists with the opportunity to share their best practices. The panel discussion on corporate culture was very thought provoking. I left the event energized with new ways to make our business even better.” – Mary Fitzgerald, President – Acme Wire Products Co., Inc.
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