A Surprising Number
Just how much manufacturing is there in Stark County? Is it a lot, or a little? What do you see in your daily trip to drop-off children at school, going to work, shopping for groceries? You probably pass many of these businesses in your daily activities and don’t even realize it. Maybe you’ve seen the large buildings with signage and logos. Maybe you’ve driven by a steel building without much signage and wondered – what happens there? Well, it may surprise you to learn that there are 550 manufacturers in Stark County! How many can you name?
Big Name. Bigger Impact.
Let me introduce you to the Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership. Yep, it’s a mouthful. How about SCMWDP – not too much easier – but hopefully it makes an impression on you that is unforgettable! The SCMWDP is a manufacturer-led organization that is helping local companies grow by offering seamless career pathways, delivering inclusive training and education and sharing best practices within the manufacturing workforce development community. SCMWDP manufacturing members pride themselves in being good stewards of our environment and our community, bringing innovation, technology, careers, and advancement opportunities to the industry, its workforce, and all of Stark County.
How do we do all of this? Great question! I’m glad you asked. Manufacturing members partner with local schools, community non-profit organizations, government offices as well as other associate members to develop, design and implement programming that will help connect job seekers with the skills needed to fill open jobs.
You may have heard that there are more open jobs than job seekers. Job seekers may not have the vocational skills to fill the jobs. Job seekers may have barriers to employment. Job seekers may not have the soft skills to work in a team environment. Our collective SCMWDP community is committed to creating improved pathways to get the right people in the right jobs.
Connecting to Students
How do you do that? Well, you are really on your game! One of those ways is working with Stark Education Partnership. A new tool being rolled out in local schools, through the support of Stark Education Partnership, is YouScience. This tool is currently available in nine Career Pathway Initiative school