by Desiree Schnoor
A few weeks ago, the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board met to discuss national priorities concerning the intersection between a low unemployment rate, positions that are available but hard to fill, and government and private industries solutions that are re-thinking job classifications and qualifications as a whole. Attendees were private sector managers, state mayors and business CEOs. Two such companies, IBM and Lockheed Martin reported on impressive measures their companies had taken to tackle the issues above.
The representative from IBM stressed the adoption of the paradigm shift that there are multiple pathways to good paying jobs and that “skills are as important as a diploma”. IBM noted the number of people in the job pool with traditional 4-year college degrees that are unemployable although they have spent time and money studying a certain discipline, and lack a specific skill or expertise needed in many open positions, or need to be re-skilled part way through their careers. IBM reported that last year 15% of their hires consisted of those with “new collar skills”- not 4-year degrees, and that they’d spent $½ billion re-skilling mid-career employees, such as baristas and veterans, for specific skilled tasks.
Last year, Lockheed hired 14,000 new employees, half of which are non-degreed. They have started offering on the job training apprenticeship programs from many of their advanced manufacturing positions. They also team up with community colleges to make apprenticeship programs that make trainees job ready.
These two companies, and probably others have had success in bending the traditional methods of hiring and training, in part because of their sizable budgets to do so.
But what about smaller companies, ones with the same problems, but that don’t can’t spend billions to make changes? Virtual QE, a quality engineering company has a solution, Video Work Instructions. They allow you to train new hires or cross-train your seasoned workers 10x faster than you currently do, for a fraction of the price IBM and Lockheed are paying. Forget about long, involved, expensive apprenticeship programs when your expert technicians can preserve and duplicate their tribal knowledge an infinite amount of times with Video Work Instructions.
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Desiree Schnoor holds degrees in psychology and public health. Her interests lie broadly in health and well being. She spends the majority of her efforts and love on her husband and four children. She has used her communication skills in health education and promotion for a large wellness corporation, as well as starting a women's mentoring program. She is utilizing her skill set at Virtual QE to convey the "quality of life" aspects of quality engineering.