June 2022

Nominations for Florida’s top manufacturing apprentices open till July 31

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FloridaMakes's new statewide award, celebrating Florida’s top manufacturing apprentices will be honored at MakeMore Manufacturing Summit in October.

Apprentice nominees must be enrolled in a registered manufacturing apprenticeship program.

READ MORE or visit FloridaMakes to nominate someone today!

FloridaMakes asks members to participate in Career Academy survey

On behalf of the FloridaMakes Board of Directors, Talent Pipeline Working Group, we want to identify schools that RMAs and manufacturers are actively working with to promote manufacturing careers. This information will be used as a baseline to evaluate our success in reaching out and promoting manufacturing careers to the education system. Your participation is very much appreciated.

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Manufacturing Academy

Help develop knowledge and interest in careers in manufacturing by working with students. The program includes the Adopt-a-School program and the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship partnerships with FloridaMakes. Contact Paul Miller to learn how your organization can participate.

Florida TaxWatch: Manufacturing's Role in Florida's Economy

Advancing Florida’s standing on the global stage requires a state economy conducive to innovation, capable of withstanding disruptions, and constantly cultivating talent. A robust manufacturing sector stands at the crossroads of these priorities and, as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated, the sector’s importance cannot be understated. From medical devices and electronics to aviation and aerospace, high-value manufacturing is integral to both industry and consumers. As the world economy continues to transform, there is a defining opportunity for Florida’s manufacturing sector to sow the seeds of economic success and deliver recurring taxpayer value; however, capturing the opportunity will require collaborative action and strategic investment. READ MORE

Site Visits Create Collaboration

A recent visit with Dee Setzer of Fort Walton Machining, allowed our FloridaMakes Business Advisor, Jolee Martin, to get to know the company better. Including finding out how the company is currently using FLM resources and opportunities. One such opportunity is taking advantage of the Connex National platform. Access to the platform is FREE if you sign up for national participation before June 30. 

If you would like to schedule a site visit for Jolee, please reach out via email at jolee.martin@floridamakes.com or via cell at 636-288-8756.

LandrumHR: Using Process to Improve People Performance

Landrum facilitated a custom 3P (Production, Preparation & Process) design kaizen for a line-time client to simplify a complex situation and training. Doing this decreased errors by 70% and created a significant labor cost savings by improving equipment efficiency. This also allowed Landrum to build a lean foundation to support future growth and improve sustainment. READ WHAT THEY DID

Podcast: FloridaMakes Discusses Talent Development & Employer of Choice Program

The FloridaMakes Talent Development team, Marcelo Dossantos and Susan Haggard, recently appeared on SBDC Florida's podcast, Small Biz FL, to discuss talent development and the FloridaMakes Employer of Choice program. Check it out HERE

National access to CONNEX available at no cost through the end of June

Through CONNEX, not only can members get automated notification of Florida projects that meet company capabilities, but notification of NATIONAL projects that align with members' core competencies. New projects hit the platform daily with a wide range of asks potentially adding additional customers for Northwest Florida manufacturers.

Membership also have access to trainings across Florida and the other RMA groups at Member pricing! Upcoming events include:

Lean 101: An 8-hour training spread over 4 sessions beginning July 12. See flyer for dates and pricing.

Lean Yellow Belt Certification: A 24-hour training course spread over 8 sessions beginning July 26. Course consists of 40+ modules/lessons, a pre and post course survey, case studies and a closed book exam. See flyer for all dates, details, and pricing.

GD&T Essentials: A 20-hour live-virtual comprehensive course spread over 5 sessions beginning September 19. Course is designed to give participants “working knowledge” of the NEW ASME Y14.5 2018 Standard for GD&T. To register and obtain “member” pricing, please contact Jolee Martin. For event details, description, and pricing, click HERE.

Supervisor Training Series: A 24-hour live-virtual course spread over 6 sessions beginning August 3. Course is designed to give participants a better understanding of what it is to “lead”. To register and obtain “member” pricing, please contact Jolee Martin. For event details, description, and pricing, click HERE.

Florida Ready to Work webinar presents workforce readiness program

Florida Ready to Work is introducing an all new soft skills solution to help move Florida’s economy forward by equipping students and job seekers with the employability skills required to take the next step toward technical training, certification, apprenticeship, and employment across industry sectors. The program is implemented in collaboration with the workforce system, school districts, state colleges, technical centers, adult education, juvenile justice, corrections, community-based organizations, and employers.

Those who successfully complete the program earn the Florida Soft Skills Credential. The credential is issued by the State of Florida, signed by the governor and recognized as common measures of employability skill readiness for most all jobs today.

This live session includes a program overview, implementation tips and demonstration of system features including how to enroll participants, monitor participant progress and proctor the assessment.

This webinar provided by Implementation Partners is not for students. This 90-minute live event is presented several times beginning June 30 and throughout July. See dates and times on the registration page linked below.

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