Workforce Development Gets Green Light

Workforce Development Gets Green Light

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA

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The NEMA Board of Governors approved a strategic initiative to address a growing gap in available, qualified workers in the electrical manufacturing sector. While this review will not be a comprehensive, one-size-fits-all approach, it will identify efficient, targeted ways in which NEMA can increase the availability of qualified candidates for employment with member companies.

For example, some member companies may face challenges specific to hiring an entry-level workforce, while others may have greater need of finding electrical technicians with two years of post-secondary education. Accordingly, the first step of the strategic initiative will be to determine the largest gap that affects the most members.

Once the working group has defined the target workforce, the next step will be to determine reasons behind the lack of qualified candidates and suggest solutions. This could involve the development of a test standard or coursework, or simply driving interested parties toward existing courses through marketing and recruiting efforts.

Read the August 2016 issue of electroindustry

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