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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.

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.

If you still have doubts in making investments in Virtual Reality Training (VRT) because it seems too expensive, this blog post will help to remove many of your concerns. VRT solutions can actually be a source of great savings and are well-suited for almost any industry, explains Franco Bevione, CEO of WEDOO. Discover how the right mix of classroom training plus VRT can deliver the optimal solution in creating the best-trained people possible.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

3 Things to Consider Regarding the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

By Kenneth Meyer | Eastern Michigan University | 3/2/2016

Personality assessments are gaining popularity in the workplace as a way to help find the best role for employees within an organization and to improve communication among teams. Many such assessments are available, but the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is among the most popular for business.

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.

​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.

​Matching employers with technical training and talent

By Karol Friedman | Automation Alley | 3/18/2015

We sat down with Karol Friedman, Automation Alley’s director of talent development, to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing the local tech workforce today and what Automation Alley is doing to address them.

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