Since the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have had a difficult time finding workers, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
FAME works with educational institutions to develop a trained workforce
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, also known as Finger Lakes Works, is trying to bridge the gap with its Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME) program. Rick Plympton with Finger Lakes Works says FAME is a partnership that helps local educational institutions provide students with the skills they need for today’s manufacturing jobs.
These initiatives give students early exposure and awareness of career pathways in advanced manufacturing. Company tours are coordinated with regional career-awareness events designed to educate students on the opportunities that exist right here in the Finger Lakes.
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Needs of workers, employers are changing
While the needs of industry have changed, so has what workers expect from their employers. Finger Lakes Work’s Lynn Freid says workers were recently surveyed about what they want from their jobs.
Among employers’ biggest needs is better so-called soft skills from their workers.
Check the Finger Lakes Works website for more resources for both workers and employers. Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Lynn Freid and Rick Plympton below.
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