NEW FORMAT: The 2nd Annual Manufacturers Only Workforce Summit is going online. This is now a 6 part series over the course of one year starting on Thursday, October 15th. Sign Up Now.
The Summit Series was created in lieu of the of annual in-person event. Although we will miss the interaction provided with an in-person program, we feel this is a better option at this time. It will allow us to focus on one specific topic instead of trying to put too much in a half day event. Plus those manufacturers who were interested previously but too far away will now be able to attend.
Workforce development is one of the most important elements to building a successful company. It is a human resource function centered on recruitment. Recruitment is only as good as retention, and retention has to do with culture – it starts from the top down.
We’re inviting manufacturing company owners and CEO’s only to attend the event to discover unique solutions to their recruitment and retention challenges. HR Directors are also welcome.
Serving as the series emcee will be Ron Angelo, President and CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and former Deputy Commissioner of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).
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 & Department of Corrections
Leesa Schipani (CTmrg board member) will moderate a discussion with a representative from Whitcraft and the Department of Corrections. They will demonstrate how they have successfully incorporated the Second Chance program into their business. This will be a tactical session for those who are interested in this program for their company.
- December 17, 2020 – Alternative Workforce – Legrand, North and Central America
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.
- February 18, 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.
- April 15, 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.
- June 17, 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.
- August 19, 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.
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Cost: $59.95 entire 6-part series Register Now
Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 14th
Promote your company through your support of CT Manufacturers Resource Group. Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the entire series or individual webinars.
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.
Registration: Because this event is specifically designed for manufacturers only please contact Beth Devine to receive the Password needed to complete your registration. Phone: 860-432-9977 or Email today!