3 partnerships that are creating jobs of the future
1. DowDuPont in Michigan
Take for example, DowDuPont. When Dow Chemical needed workers at its Midland, Michigan plants in 2008, it began a partnership with Delta College and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works to train jobseekers in skills that exactly match those on the manufacturing floor. Each time, Dow needs to hire, it fires up the Fast Start program. The accelerated program — 13 weeks from start to finish — combines chemical lab work with classroom work and culminates in a job interview with the company. Over the past 10 years, Dow has hired 350 workers who went through the local skills training program to become full-time chemical process operators and technicians earning between $16 to $25 an hour plus benefits. Even with state unemployment down to 4.8 percent from its Great Recession high of 14 percent, Dow needs more workers and the program is helping fill that need.
2. Tesla and Google in Nevada
Nevada is another state seeing a resurgence from the economic downturn of 2008 and, by one estimate, there will be more than 600,000 new tech jobs in health care, manufacturing, and construction created over the next five years. In the northern part of the state where Tesla, Google, and Panasonic are expanding, those companies are working with a local community college to up-skill the local workforce. In Las Vegas, a registered apprenticeship program is helping close the skills gap in construction. Three times a week, 130 men and women gather in a classroom to learn to operate heavy equipment such as cranes or how to survey a site using drones and other cutting-edge tools. The other two days a week are spent on an actual union work site. At the end of the state-sanctioned construction apprenticeships, workers are being hired for jobs that start at $65,000 a year plus benefits.
3. J.P. Morgan, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in Los Angeles
Attrition is playing a role in the skills gap. More than 1.8 million specialists and clerks are expected to exit the financial industry over the next seven years as they get close to retirement. Combined with changes in technology, an estimated 4.5 million jobs will be vacant, creating a critical shortage. In Los Angeles, the JVS BankWork$ program is training jobseekers in underrepresented neighborhoods, preparing them for entry-level jobs in the industry. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Union Banks and Wells Fargo are among the financial institutions funding the initiative. The intensive eight-week course is free, and newly-hired workers are offered an average of $16.95 an hour plus benefits for their first year.
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