Randy Bertram wins national award for PSI
At the national conference of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) in May, Randy Bertram of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) was named "Practitioner of the Year." This award recognizes MEP staff whose specialized capabilities enabled them to make a significant, innovative and sustainable impact within client companies and across the MEP system in the past year. The MEP, a program of the US Department of Commerce, is a public-private partnership that teams with industry as well as state and local organizations to support small to midsize manufacturers with services that drive growth, accelerate innovation, and promote sustainability and continuous improvement. There are 1,700 technical experts in nearly 350 manufacturing extension offices across the country.
|Randy Bertram and Roger Kilmer|
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What we need to do to solve the skills gap
Tim Sullivan, special consultant for business and work force development to the state of Wisconsin and former chief executive officer of mining equipment maker Bucyrus International Inc., shared his thoughts with 400 of Wisconsin's manufacturers at the recent "Manufacturing Matters!" conference in Milwaukee.
In his presentation, he cited statistics from recent Georgetown studies that revealed:
- 61% of the jobs in Wisconsin will require a post-secondary education in 2018: a total of 925,000 jobs
- 70% of the jobs available today need a two year degree
- Our total Wisconsin workforce is 2.8 million; we will need to replace one third of our workforce in the next six years
- 38,000 of the job openings will be due to growth, the rest are replacements of retiring workers