In 2017, NEMA formed its first ever Workforce Development Committee, a cross-cutting group of NEMA member representatives whose mission is to map and address the workforce development needs of NEMA Members, identify and mitigate barriers to accessing a sufficient number of well-trained employees, and to ensure that those involved in installing and/or inspecting NEMA Members' products are properly trained.
NEMA's Workforce Development Committee will be actively engaged in three initiatives that will benefit the electromanufacturing industry in 2018:
- Industry Promotion: The Committee will develop videos and other online content that members can use to promote the benefits of a career in electromanufacturing to middle-school and high-school students in their local communities.
- Curriculum Sharing: The Committee will assess the viability of creating a network of community colleges that share in-demand curriculum, allowing NEMA members to ensure that local community colleges are adequately preparing the future workforce.
- High School Apprenticeships: The Committee will create a model apprenticeship program for high school students, to be adapted and integrated by NEMA member companies looking to develop stronger relationships with this demographic.
Any NEMA members interested in providing input into how NEMA can address workforce development gaps through these three tracks is invited to join. Current Committee representation includes: Siemens, Schneider Electric, Encore Wire, Phoenix Contact and Baldor/ABB. Individual representatives come from HR and/or technical backgrounds. If you are interested in learning more about NEMA's Workforce Development Committee, please contact Jonathan Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.