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Linda Wechsler

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships Manufacturers in all sectors struggle with finding, developing, and engaging employees. Getting candidates in the door is a challenge. Once they’re hired, it’s difficult to onboard them effectively and get them to full contribution quickly. After investing in training and onboarding, we’ve…

CTE – Connecting You to Your Future Workforce

One of the biggest struggles for employers is finding and retaining skilled employees. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer educational training and career development pathways to help reduce this issue and are vitally important for manufacturing industry growth. What is CTE? Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction are high…

Curious About Apprenticeships in Machining and Welding? Don’t Miss This Event!

Are you a metals manufacturer? Looking for machinists and welder fabricators? Can’t find them? Are you curious about apprenticeships? What are they? How can they help you train machinists and welder fabricators at your company? Portland Community College and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) Training Center has…

OMEP Launches Food Safety Cohort 6-Part Series on FSMA Implementation

Thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), OMEP will offer a 6-part workshop series focused on FSMA implementation this Summer in Portland, free of charge (value of $4500 per company)! With the deadlines for FSMA compliance past due, this workshop series is an excellent…

OMEP Joins Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, R&D

In February 2019, OMEP became a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Research and Development (OMIC R&D). OMIC R&D is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and…

Acting Fast to Slow Machinist Turnover

This article originally appeared on Industry Week. Guest blog post by Linda Wechsler, senior consultant at OMEP. Paola Castaldo, managing consultant, and Russ Gaylor, manufacturing consultant, also contributed to this article. How an Oregon components maker closed the gaps in its training and development program A.R.E.

Lack of Skilled Applicants Leading Cause of Unfilled Manufacturing Positions

A recent report by the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division identifies Oregon’s current workforce gaps and future workforce needs. Manufacturers won’t be surprised by these results. Lack of applicants is the leading cause of unfilled positions, followed closely by a lack of skilled / qualified candidates and…

Get Your Products to New Markets: Free Webinars

Is the world passing you by as competitors expand abroad? Convinced foreign buyers would love your product – if only they knew? Concerned about cost, complexity or risk? During World Trade Month (May), federal agencies bring you this FREE four-part webinar series to help you go global. Download the …

Connect 2 Careers Launched!

After more than two-years of work and partnership on the part of Manufacturing 21 with Worksystems. Inc., the Connect2Careers system has been launched. Its purpose is to transform the way our region prepares young adults for careers in our key industries – including manufacturing. The initial focus…

What FSMA Means for Food Processing Companies

This is a guest blog post by Teri and Alicia of Northwest Food Solutions What is FSMA? The Biggest Food Legislation Change In Decades Many of our clients and colleagues are talking about FSMA these days. The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the largest piece of legislation we’ve…