Proactive Technologies Report – August, 2015

Managing “Worker Capacity,” What is “Return on Worker Investment” and How Does It Impact Business?

Dean Prigelmeier, President, Proactive Technologies, Inc.

Most enterprises find it difficult to measure the value of a worker in terms of tangible, believable metrics. Performance reviews are often so focused on general traits that they miss entirely what separates a star performer of work as each worker progresses through their individual development.  Although staffing levels are brought into virtually every planning or production meeting in nearly every business operation, most discussions of worker value degrade once it is discovered that data is not available beyond head count and loaded hourly rate. Read More

OH Incumbent Worker Training Voucher Grants Round 4? 

Stacey Lett, Senior Consultant, Proactive Technologies, Inc.

In 2012, the State of Ohio, Department of Development released the first round of the Ohio Incumbent Worker Training Voucher Program, which is funded by contributions from the Ohio casinos. The state made approximately $20 million dollars available for each of the three rounds of grants for targeted industries – manufacturing being one of them. A fourth round is being contemplated, which will become available, if like the others, the end of September. Read More

Project Updates

Ohio
Proactive Technologies has been working with one visionary company for over 15 years! Triumph Thermal Systems, LLC of Forest OH. Triumph Thermal Systems is an aerospace engine components manufacturer and Federal Aviation Administration repair station. In 2000, Triumph Thermal Systems was faced with 40% of their experienced production workers retiring in the coming year 2 years; 80% in the next 4-5 yearsRead More
In Ohio, GrafTech International Holdings, LLC has several facilities and Proactive Technologies, Inc. has helped the company to establish “hybrid” workforce development programs – a blend of structured on-the-job training (“SOJT”) and relevant related technical instruction – at three of their facilities. Supported by OH Incumbent Worker Training Grants, the Lakewood facility started their project in 2012 and have 7 manufacturing job classifications SOJT programs set-up and in sync with the corresponding work processes. To date, 21 Certificates of Job Mastery and 139 Certificates of Task Mastery have been conveyed. Read More

South Carolina

Waldrop Inc. of Spartanburg, SC – a statewide facilities maintenance company – has continued its apprenticeship program which started in 2005. With the exception of the Great Recession years, the Company has experienced substantial growth which strained its existing staff and constrained Waldrop’s ability to take on new projects.

Proactive Technologies, Inc. set up the structured on-the-job training and Spartanburg Community College delivered the related technical instruction in a “hybrid apprenticeship” model registered with ApprenticeshipSC. Read more

 

Another employer that partnered with Proactive Technologies and Spartanburg Community College is Core Molding Technologies of Gaffney, a manufacturer of Thermoset and Thermoplastic Compression Molding products.The company relies heavily, as most companies do, on their team of Maintenance Mechanics to keep the operation running efficiently. Additionally, like most employers experience, finding experience maintenance candidates was difficult at best. Read More

Structured OJT v. Related Technical Instruction

Dean Prigelmeier, President, Proactive Technologies, Inc.
For years the debate has continued whether classroom-based, which includes computer-based learning and training, is more effective than on-the-job training (“OJT”) that is task-based. Many of us see no debate; and no controversy. The two domains of learning are more compatible, if done right, than mutually exclusive. Read More

Building Area Workforce Development Consortia

Dean Prigelmeier, President, Proactive Technologies, Inc.
Trying to accurately determine the workforce development needs of local or regional employers can be difficult. Information supplied by the employer can be limited, out-of-date or even wrong. Developing workforce development strategies with such sketchy information can jeopardize the success of any project and waste enormous amounts of workforce development funds and resources. Read More

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