Workforce Matters November 18, 2021

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The Bi-Weekly Workforce Newsletter of the Council of Industry
November 18, 2021

Manufacturing Workforce News

Apprenticeship Programs – Educational Pathways Embracing the Student and the Employer
By Barbara Ann Livermore Reer, SUNY Ulster, Assistant Dean for Workforce, Career Development and Apprenticeship Initiatives 
Finding pathways for the student who wants the option of working while attending college has been difficult. There has been the internship model where students pay for credits and then work to gain experience from a local employer. Now students have another option as colleges embrace apprenticeship programs currently making their presence at many local community colleges.
Apprenticeship programs are a partnership with the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), and local employers. Recently The State University of New York (SUNY) was added as another partner with the objective to coordinate activities to expand Registered Apprenticeship in New York with a focus on engaging small, medium, and large employers to secure paid apprenticeships in high-demand, competitive wage occupations.
2021 Hudson Valley Manufacturers Wage & Benefits Survey - Deadline Extended to 12/3!
The Manufacturers Wage & Benefit Survey is now ready for you to complete! Your participation provides great insight for your company, the Council of Industry and your peer organizations. The survey is co-sponsored by Rose & Kiernan and Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions.
Full results are only available to participating companies.
Council members should have received an invitation to participate via email.
Through your participation, we will learn more about the local manufacturing industry. and you will have answers to an array of questions such as:
  • What are machinists earning?
  • What about industrial engineers or electronics technicians?
  • How much are you planning to raise wages in 2022?
  • What percent of healthcare premium do employers pay?
  • What do tuition reimbursement policies look like?
Benchmark your pay and benefits with other Hudson Valley Manufactures. Results also help the Council of Industry shape public investment in economic development and workforce development programs and other public policy issues.
**Deadline extended through 12/3**
The Council of Industry's Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen detailed the importance of the local wage & benefit date. Click here to listen to the discussion.
CI/Ulster Community College Roundtable Highlights Training and Education Opportunities for Current and Future Manufacturing Workers
Last month, the Council of Industry and SUNY Ulster hosted a Zoom roundtable discussion to detail the pre apprentice program and the Manufacturing Intermediary Apprentice Program (MIAP).
SUNY Ulster has developed an advanced manufacturing pre-apprentice program to begin to build a pipeline of skilled workers. People who complete this program are ready to work in entry level positions and/or are ready to enter into the Council of Industry's NYS Department of Labor approved MIAP program. 
  • Pre Apprentice and Apprentice Opportunities 
  • Employer Needs and Obstacles
  • Placing Candidates and Employees in the Pre-Apprentice Program 
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Current and Future Courses and Course Content
Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon to Keynote Council of Industry Annual Luncheon November 19th
On Friday, November 19th, the Council of Industry will be at the beautiful Grandview on the river in Poughkeepsie, NY for our *sold out* Annual Luncheon & Member Expo.
Our keynote speaker is Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner, who will speak on the state’s pandemic response and her department’s efforts to close the skills gap and innovate its workforce development programs.  
We will also recognize the 2020 and 2021 Manufacturing Champions. 
The Member/ Associate Member Expo will precede the luncheon from 11:30 - 12:15. 
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Best Practices and Continuous Improvement Course
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 8:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:30am - 12:30pm
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Purdue Study Finds Commonalities in Indiana Manufacturers with Low Turnover
Eighty-three percent of more than 100 companies surveyed by Purdue University researchers reported staff turnover as their leading concern. The most common figure for staff turnover is 40% per year, with most in shop-floor, hourly paid jobs.In great contrast to the many, about 5% of the companies have turnover rates at or below 15%, without paying more than other companies local to them (except for one company).Managers often cite pay as the leading reason for employee-leaving. It is not. The reasons do include the relationship with immediate supervisors; the physical work environment, and repetitive tasks.
Help Really Wanted: No Degree, Work Experience or Background Checks
In a labor market where job openings outnumber applicants, companies are brainstorming how to get more candidates in the door and to the floor. The hiring overhaul signals a potentially broad rethink of job qualifications, a change that could help millions of people enter jobs previously out of reach, according to economists and workforce experts. A lot has changed since the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession, when high unemployment and a flood of applicants provided companies with their pick of candidates.
New data from labor-market analytics firm EMSI Burning Glass and the Conference Board, a private research group, suggest that 1.4 million jobs will open to people without college degrees in the next five years if employers continue to lower educational requirements at the current rate.
Employers and Schools are Teaming Up to Develop Talent
Toyota Motor North America, Zurich North America and Lincoln Electric are among companies that have developed successful work-study and internship programs, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education. Toyota's FAME Career Pathway advanced manufacturing program has students work on-site three days per week and attend classes twice each week for five semesters, with more than 80% graduating and nearly 100% finding job placements or enrolling in four-year colleges.
OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2021
In OSHA’s reveal of the top 10 safety violations of 2021 at the recent National SafetyCouncil conference in Orlando, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, pointed out that the total number of violations was down somewhat from the previous year, largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating many employees working from home for much or part of the year. Forklift citations, for instance, were down by more than 500 over the previous year.
iCIMS October Workforce Report
Job openings surged at the end of Q3, applications are also increasing but not nearly enough to keep up with the demand for talent. This expanding gap is especially pronounced in the retail sector. The October Insights report shares the latest labor market activity along with a focus on the retail industry as we enter the holiday hiring season.
Interest in Part-Time, Low-Wage Jobs Tanks, iCIMS Says
Job openings may have jumped 86% between Q1 and Q3 2021 but new hire conversions are at a dismal rate (8%), according to an October 2021 audit by talent cloud system iCIMS. Researchers at the recruiting and applicant tracking company found that potential hires are especially dragging their feet on part-time jobs and low-wage positions. For example, applications sent to part-time jobs fell by 38%. In comparison, applications to full-time positions rose by 9%.


Upcoming Programs, Training and Events

Environmental Health and Safety Essentials Course
When: Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, 2021
01:00pm - 02:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar
Cost: $240 for a single member, $225 each for two or more from the same company, $375 for non members
To register: click here
The Council of Industry offers this course to provide frontline supervisors with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) essentials applicable at most manufacturing operations. This core course reviews safety and environmental regulations which all managers should understand to better monitor and manage facility risk, hazards, and environmental and safety obligations. The two-day session reviews critical path EHS topics.

The Manufacturing Matters Podcast

Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Steve Casa, Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES
Steve has worn many hats through the years. He began his career in finance but quickly realized he was more interested in helping young people to grow and learn so he turned to a career in education.
Harold talks with Steve about his career path, what he’s learned working for the National Career Academy Coalition, what it takes for educators to develop individuals who are curious, independent life-long learners, and what we can take away from the remote learning that has taken place since the pandemic began.