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Why I love our millennials

By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 3/14/2018

As one who has the privilege of working with some of the hardest working millennials at multiple companies, I thought it was time to set the record straight. The way I see it, not only are some of the negative claims about this generation false, but they contribute to a narrative that is harmful to society and our ability to steward our future. Not to mention it’s really irritating. Read more from Automation Alley COO Pavan Muzumdar this week on the blog.

What in the World? Thinking About Expatriate Benefits

By Ann Marie Olszewski | Marsh & McLennan Agency | 3/7/2018

The challenges of an overseas assignment are potentially as great as the rewards. A well-crafted international expatriate health plan can go a long way to ensuring the employee’s success while working abroad.

Promoting Skilled Trades Training and Opportunities

By Rep. Klint Kesto | R–39th Representative District | 1/31/2018

In the United States and in Michigan, the middle class is open to anyone who works hard. The middle class was built in this country by the city of Detroit, where men and women worked in industry without a degree from a university. These men and women were able to buy homes and cars and provide college funds for their own children. This was, and still is, the American Dream and it was all accomplished without a college degree.

Today, there is a significant shift from selling what exists to imagining what’s next. Fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a Fortune 500 firm was around 75 years. Currently, it is less than 15 years and declining rapidly. Dynamic change and a disruptive consumer-oriented market economy are fueling these changes. Today, even the largest companies risk being marginalized, commoditized or disrupted in other ways. As well-funded startups and risk-embracing players seek to challenge prevailing paradigms and alter long-standing models, innovation has become critical, not merely to growth but to survival.

About 500,000 computer programming jobs are vacant in the U.S., and yet most American high schools don’t teach computer science. This week on the blog, Kip Fern of Microsoft Philanthropies shares how tech companies and educators are addressing this growing crisis by bringing computer science into schools through TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools), opening doors to new opportunities for high school students in Michigan and across the country.

The Looming Crisis in Manufacturing

Center for Automotive Research | 4/12/2017

The Center for Automotive Research weighs in on the manufacturing talent shortage and its risk to the industry’s ability to execute product launches. Find out what the organization has planned to help address the coming crisis in skilled trades, this week on the blog.

Why Apprenticeship is a Smart Business Investment

By Liz Rivard | Automation Alley | 4/5/2017

The advanced manufacturing and IT sectors are facing complex workforce challenges like never before. And those challenges are magnified by the rise of Industry 4.0. How do companies find employees with the appropriate expertise? Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent, says Liz Rivard, Automation Alley’s program manager of Industry 4.0 Partnerships and Talent. Apprenticeships, often referred to as an “earn while you learn” program, offer a company reduced turnover, savings in recruitment costs, preservation of trade secrets and increased productivity, among other benefits.

Soaring Hire: Tips for Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

By Rick Nini | Corporate Eagle | 3/1/2017

Attracting and retaining top talent is vital to the success of all businesses, says Rick Nini, president and CEO of aviation company Corporate Eagle. And doing so takes time, energy and strategic focus. Here are his top tips for assembling – and keeping – a great team.

Six Reasons to Start a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

By John Hindman | Tooling U-SME | 2/8/2017

Today’s successful apprenticeships blend hands-on learning with problem solving and classroom instruction, says John Hindman, learning and performance improvement leader at Tooling U-SME. Here are six reasons why starting an apprenticeship program can benefit your company.

The Manufacturing Workforce: A Threatened Resource

By Jeff Krause | SME | 12/7/2016

The recent election made it more clear than ever that manufacturing remains singularly and critically important to America and our economic foundation. The noise got really loud when the topic turned to manufacturing employment. “We need jobs. We need to bring jobs back.”

That plays well to some voting blocks, writes Jeff Krause, CEO, of SME, but it isn’t acknowledging a stark reality: manufacturing jobs exist and there are huge numbers of unfilled positions. Right now. All over the country. The challenge? Any manufacturing employer could tell you: finding those with the skills and abilities to accept the rewarding, well-paid opportunities being offered.

Building a Great Company Culture

By Kris Powell | HRPro/BenePro | 11/23/2016

Great company culture is about so much more than just ping-pong tables, free snacks and nap breaks. It’s about something more, says Kris Powell, CEO and President of HRPro/BenePro. So, what are the keys to a healthy workplace? Find out in this week’s blog.

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: The Evolution of the Job Search

By Wendy Pittman | WorkFountain | 11/16/2016

From paper resumes and red pens to the ability to connect to hundreds of resumes with the click of a button, our expectations of recruiting solutions have increased. Our patience with outdated systems has unsurprisingly worn thin. In an era of skills gaps and misalignments, hiring managers require on-demand access to talent, with the ability to place the right people in the right roles quickly. To achieve this, employers need the right tools. 

3 Ways to Attract Veterans to Michigan’s Technology Corridor

By Dave Dunckel | Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency | 11/9/2016

Every day, members of today’s U.S. Armed Forces manage, operate and repair thousands of sophisticated communications networks across the globe. Our military men and women control and command high-tech proprietary software and hardware platforms that have the potential of swift and deadly consequences if mismanaged or compromised by an adversary. Not only do our service members accomplish these difficult and sophisticated tasks without hesitation, they often do so in austere environments in treacherous terrain or in the busy, crowded streets of third-world countries.

How to develop a strong next-generation manufacturing workforce

By ​Ed Potoczak | IQMS Manufacturing ERP and MES | 10/5/2016

With most companies facing an aging workforce, the challenge of building a robust team to carry your business forward successfully can be complex.

Four Common Mistakes that Interviewers Make, and How to Avoid Them

By Jessica Tower | Plante Moran | 9/7/2016

One bad hiring decision can cost an organization in many ways. Estimates of financial impact range from 30-90% of the person’s first year salary and benefits, depending on the level of the position. So, a bad hire in a $75,000 position might cost an organization between $29,250 and $87,750 (assuming benefit costs are 30% of salary). In addition to the financial impact, an unsuccessful hire can decrease morale, damage client relationships, and increase expenses related to overtime, lost productivity, and recruiting and training a replacement employee.  

Labor Day 2016: Six Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap

By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 8/31/2016

As Labor Day approaches, Karol Friedman, Automation Alley’s director of strategic partnerships and talent, discusses six things to consider when searching for qualified talent to fill open positions. 

We know that manufacturers across the country are struggling to find the skilled talent they need to remain competitive. Yet, according to Automation Alley partner Tooling U-SME, 75 percent of those companies say they don’t offer a structured training program on manufacturing skills. 

The Right Team vs. The Team for Right Now

By Nathan Hughes | Detroit Labs | 5/25/2016

Nathan Hughes, co-founder of Detroit Labs, explains why his company ditched the resume in favor of a more inclusive and progressive hiring approach. 

We all know that STEM education is the foundation of a competitive workforce, and keeping our students excited and engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math is critical to the future of our economy, both locally and nationally.

What we learned from TTDP: Education doesn’t stop with a diploma

By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 5/4/2016

Today’s business climate is moving at the speed of light, and the prevailing opinion in workforce development circles is that our country’s skills gap cannot be closed unless we rethink the way we learn. This was the philosophy behind Automation Alley’s Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP).

Listen to Tom Kelly on WJR and the M2 Techcast

By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 5/3/2016

Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s COO and director of entrepreneurship, was recently interviewed on two local technology news broadcasts, WJR’s Internet Advisor and the M2 Techcast. He discussed the latest news from Automation Alley, including investments in local startups through the 7Cs program, the conclusion of the Technical Talent Development Program, and the successful attraction of Chinese plastics company Kingfa to Southeast Michigan.

Collaboration is key to closing the manufacturing skills gap

By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 3/23/2016

Michigan’s workforce has time and time again proven its ability to innovate and adapt. Filling the manufacturing skills gap is no easy task, but by working together, we can get that much closer.

10 Ways to Build a Great Team

By Ken Rogers | Automation Alley | 3/16/2016

Successful businesses leaders know the value of building a great team — and keeping them happy. Here, Automation Alley’s Executive Director Ken Rogers serves up 10 tips for assembling, motivating and empowering employees. “On a day-to-day basis, the goal is always ‘team,’” he says. “A quality team will allow your business to flourish.”

3 Keys to Building Profitable Business Relationships

By Ed Potoczak | IQMS | 3/9/2016

When these three values are what your company is known for, it is easier to recruit and develop talent, win new customers, and keep the ones you want.

Southeast Michigan: The best place to grow your tech career

By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 2/24/2016

A situation at Yelp this week has shined a national spotlight on the cost of living disparity across America’s major technology hubs, and it highlights the hardships faced by many employees who are struggling to make ends meet while working and living in the country’s most expensive cities. According to Automation Alley’s 2016 Technology Industry Report, there is one major U.S. city where the technology industry is thriving, and its employees can enjoy a high standard of living: Detroit. 

Automation Alley 2015 Year in Review

By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 2/10/2016

Today we are excited to release our Annual Report to share with you our 2015 accomplishments and growth as an organization in the areas of international business, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and advanced manufacturing. 

​The Importance of Ongoing Education

By Gary Abernathy | New Horizons Computer Learning Centers | 12/2/2015

Gary Abernathy is the Executive Vice President of Sales for Livonia-based New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. This week on the blog, he discusses the importance of ongoing education for employees as technology rapidly changes. 

10 ways to attract tech talent, grow sales

By Joseph Serwach | Organik | 10/14/2015

Tech companies get in trouble when prospective new hires and customers ask, “What do you do, exactly?’’ If your answer is too hesitant or generic, too vague or too specific, their eyes quickly glaze over and a prospect quickly tunes out.

First fix the bus!

By Pavan Muzumdar | PCS Insight | 9/9/2015

Pavan Muzumdar, founder and managing director of PCS Insight, discusses why it’s important for companies to take time in hiring the right person in his latest blog post “First fix the bus!” 

​Sisters Code: Empowering Women to Explore Technology

By Marlin Page | Sisters Code | 8/19/2015

Marlin Page is the founder of Sisters Code, a global social enterprise with a mission to educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology. Here she talks about why she started Sisters Code, what goes on at the “Weekend Website Warrior Experience,” and how Sister's Code gives back to the community.    

Can we 3D print talent?

By David Darbyshire | DASI Solutions | 6/24/2015

David Darbyshire, engineer and co-owner of DASI Solutions, discusses the technical skill, knowledge and methods necessary to successfully integrate and operate 3D printers for business.

​Why employ young talent?

By Automation Alley Staff | Automation Alley | 1/21/2015

A Q&A with Automation Alley’s Ken Rogers and Kelly Kozlowski

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