Tennessee Manufacturers Works Seeks To Tackle Manufacturing Workforce Demands

Monday, January 25, 2016

Innovate+Educate, in partnership with Alcoa Foundation, on Monday announced the launch of Tennessee Manufacturers Works.  This effort has partners from the Chattanooga area – Tennessee Association of Manufacturers and Thinking Media – Learning Blade. This initiative is aimed at creating clear pathways to manufacturing jobs, with training and curriculum that is aligned to industry demands, said officials.  

Tennessee continues to show growth in manufacturing.  Data resources provided by Innovate+Educate, a national nonprofit focused on new pathways to employment, shows that as many as 12,000 jobs will need to be filled in Blount/Hamblen counties in the next four years.  This includes workers that will retire, and new jobs that will be created.  The project will focus on aligning employer needs (competencies) with the training in the region, working to provide assessments and job training to 250 candidates in 2016.  

"The urgency for creating new pathways to manufacturing jobs has never been greater," said Ryan Kish of the Alcoa Foundation.  "Tennessee has a strong manufacturing economy, but many jobs remain unfilled for months, signaling a need for better career entry points. Alcoa Foundation, with our partners at Innovate+Educate, Tennessee Association of Manufacturers, and Learning Blade are developing innovative fast track pathways to careers in manufacturing. We believe this model has the potential to be scaled nationally, resulting in effectively placing skilled talent into in-demand, well paying manufacturing jobs.”

Tennessee Manufacturers Works will leverage real-time labor market information, forecasting tools, and employer feedback on competencies to articulate the competencies required for high demand manufacturing jobs.  The effort will also focus on ensuring entry level workers have the ability to move into higher paying jobs within the field, assuring a promising pathways in manufacturing, said officials.     

"As we work daily with manufacturers across Tennessee, the number one concern we hear from CEO's and plant managers is the lack of availability of a skilled and dedicated workforce," said Tim Spires, president of Tennessee Association of Manufacturers.  "With the recent growth of manufacturing jobs in Tennessee, the increasing retirement of our skilled workforce, and the technical requirements of advanced manufacturing today, we are excited to be working with our partners in this effort. Tennessee Manufacturers Works will bring together industry, education, government, and community partners to build pathways to preparing our future workforce for great paying jobs in manufacturing." 

Stakeholders interested are invited to attend one of two launches to be held Tuesday at the TCAT in Knoxville at 10 a.m. and Morristown at 1 p.m.  For more information contact Megan King at mking@tennam.com or call 266-1902.  




Autumn Witt Boyd Named To Mid-South Super Lawyers

Autumn Witt Boyd, founder of The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd, has been selected to the 2018 Tennessee Super Lawyers list as a Top-Rated Intellectual Property Lawyer, Rising Star.  Ms. Boyd also hosts the Legal Road Map podcast, which teaches business owners about the legal issues they may face as they grow a profitable and sustainable business.  Season Two of the ... (click for more)

TBA Selects Attorneys For Leadership Law Class

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 30 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2018 Leadership Law program. Now in its fourteenth year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session ... (click for more)

Man Barges Into Woman's Home In MLK Neighborhood; Tries To Rape Her; Photos Of Suspect Released; Thomas Carr, 28, Is Arrested

Chattanooga Police said a man barged into a woman's home in the MLK Neighborhood around noon on Tuesday and tried to rape the woman.   Thomas Lee Carr, 28, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Carr is charged with one count of attempted rape. Police said, "The victim was followed by the suspect into her residence where the victim was then ... (click for more)

Moccasin Bend Resident Asks City To Move Police Firing Range So He Can Open Bed And Breakfast Inn

A Moccasin Bend resident is asking the city to move a police firing range from off the historic Bend so he can open a bed and breakfast inn. Steve Holmes also said the move needs to take place because the new Moccasin Bend National Park is set to begin implementing its management plan early next year. He said the park should bring 250,000 visitors to Chattanooga each year with ... (click for more)

Current Republican Tax Plan Will Add To The National Debt

Independent tax experts agree that the Republican tax plan will add over $1 trillion to the national debt, even accounting for economic growth.  Adding to the national debt during good economic times doesn’t seem smart to me. The time for adding anything to the national debt is during a major war or when the economy needs more government spending to stimulate it during a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Focus On ‘Better’

As I stepped away from the overflow crowd at  Monday  night’s Town Council meeting on Signal Mountain, I leaned in to tell Jean Trohanis how sorry I was to hear of the loss of her dearest friend. But in that millisecond before I could speak, the former but still-loved elementary school principal gave me her best hallway hiss and, with a pointed finger, she ordered, “You ... (click for more)