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By Amy Susan, Missouri Enterprise Communications Manager

Missouri Enterprise is partnering with the State of Missouri and local job centers to address manufacturing workforce shortages through a new expedited training program. Starting this month, the joint effort will lead its first Basics of Manufacturing session for unemployed area residents to kick-start their skills and interest in the industry. The curriculum includes blueprint reading, basic measuring, manufacturing processes, lean principles, teamwork, communications, professional behavior, and basic problem-solving.

Calling Manufacturers with Hiring Needs!

Individuals who successfully complete the course will take part in an interview process with area manufacturers on the last day of the sessions. Because so many companies are struggling to fill vacant entry-level positions, we anticipate there to be a high level of interest. To ensure your company has a spot at the table for these interviews, please reach out to the point of contact for the Job Centers below. Employers should be prepared to share information about their current workforce needs. The goal is to match these prospective workers with companies in a hiring position as soon as possible.

Those who successfully graduate from the program will earn a Certificate of Completion. These ready to work participants could be the answer to filling entry-level manufacturing positions at your company! 

As your advocate and partner in manufacturing, we are pleased to offer this service to you. Our success is dependent on the success of your company and we realize workforce shortages is the biggest challenge in the industry. We hope you will take part in this win, win, win opportunity! When interviewing these candidates, it is good to be reminded that we are at a time of nearly full employment and we are working with individuals who may have barriers such as transportation, child care, etc. As we continue to move towards full employment, recruiting workers without such barriers will be even more challenging. 

Webinar: How an Accelerated Manufacturing Training Program Creates a Pipeline of Talent

Despite some companies experiencing hiring freezes due to the pandemic, many manufacturers are needing to ramp up their workforce to keep up with production. In this webinar, we will highlight a workforce development program that we offer in joint coordination with job centers across the state to quickly train individuals for entry-level manufacturing positions. This five-day event is offered at NO COST to participating individuals as well as to manufacturers who interview and hire them. The presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum which includes blueprint reading, manufacturing concepts, soft skill development, Lean practices, and more. Additionally, we will have some guest speakers to share how this program works as well as how it helped their recruitment and retention efforts. Manufacturers are more desperate than ever to connect with skilled and motivated individuals. This course creates a pipeline of competent and eager workers who have a week of manufacturing skills and knowledge under their belts. It truly is a win, win, win for all involved.

Success Stories
In February, our instructor Dale Graves led a class at the Joplin Job Center where 12 area residents participated. These folks were looking for a better life for themselves and their families and turning to a career in manufacturing seemed to be a solid opportunity. After a week of instruction and just moments after receiving their certificates of completion, these individuals interviewed with six area manufacturers on the spot. We are thrilled to report that all TWELVE individuals have been hired by these companies. Read the Joplin Globe's article

Interview Session Dates/locations for Employers:

St. Joseph -
Training for Workers: March 9 - 13, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Interviews with Employers: March 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Job Center, 2202 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506
Those interested should contact Janice Spearman at 816-236-9738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More dates/locations to come!

Previous Sessions Held:
St. Louis
Arnold 
Joplin (two occasions)
Sikeston
Park Hills
Hannibal
Kennett 
St. Joseph

PLEASE NOTE, this same training could be customized for delivery onsite at your company. If you have new hires who would benefit from this type of training, please connect with your Area Business Manager and they can work with you to meet your company's workforce needs.