Presented by: Myra Wi8lson and Frank Gibson (The Ohio State University)
Closing the skills gap in rural areas takes an understanding of the dramatic changes occurring in manufacturing today. Unskilled laborers with little or no training are facing more sophisticated factory environments where robots perform routine, manual labor. Employers require semi- and high-skilled technicians who can repair, install, and program the automated equipment, but that talent pool is sparse. The dilemma for training and education professionals is to convert the labor pool into the talent pool to meet the immediate needs of workers and employers. This webinar will explain the talent pool funnel and describe the steps the Alber Enterprise Center is taking to gather workforce data from employers through a collaboration with rural economic development offices, manufacturers, and educational institutions.