MakeMore Manufacturing Summit to showcase one of Florida's Strongest Sectors
The 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summitwill kick off virtually on April 27. The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit is a statewide initiative providing a platform to exchange ideas about how our state’s resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in the manufacturing sector.
“Florida’s manufacturing sector quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by pivoting to make everything from PPE to ventilators to hand sanitizers,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit 2021 is the catalyst to plan for the future by fostering a dialogue about how best to leverage our ecosystem resources, shore up our state’s supply chains, identify emerging growth, develop our workforce, and ultimately grow Florida’s manufacturing economy.”
The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit features in-depth discussions that strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging the state’s resources to accelerate the manufacturing sector’s productivity and technological performance.
The Summit includes four virtual segments to allow for more engagement among the manufacturing sector and to accommodate diverse schedules. Segments will take place every two months as follows:
Business Growth – June 22-23
Talent Development – July 27-28
Technology - Aug. 24-25
Outlook 2022 – Oct. 25
Speakers and presenters from across Florida and the country will be featured. For complete event agenda, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, visit FloridaMakeMore.com.
Industry Day: April 14
TeCMEN's annual Industry Day will be held on April 14, 2021 at the Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center located at 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This $1.9 trillion legislative package will provide additional relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Join LandrumHR General Counsel, Amie Remington, on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CT, as she discusses the bill's critical components and answer any questions you have on this new legislation.
Baptist Health Care invites manufacturers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to get vaccine
Baptist Health Care has extended hours and weekend appointments have been added to accommodate work schedules. Eligibility guidelines are updated frequently. Visit eBaptistHealthCare.org for the latest requirements.
Vaccines are currently available to Florida residents who are:
Preschool, K-12 school or day care employees of any age*
*If you are in one of the eligible work groups, you must present work badge or proof of employment at the time of your vaccine appointment.
Appointments are required. No walk-ins are allowed. To make an appointment visit EasySchedule.com, email name and contact information to BHCVaccine@bhcpns.org or call (850) 908-7468, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Protect yourself and others! Vaccines have shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.
Future of Work Caucus
FLATE’s second Caucus session for the Future of Work for Advanced Manufacturing Technicians was held earlier this month with 60 attendees. The session presented data analysis collected from surveys of 133 Florida manufacturers and 26 of Florida 2-year engineering technology faculty.
Gaps were identified between the perceptions of the industry and educators with respect to skills related to Industry 4.0 technologies. These were explored by the project team to identify what Florida colleges should include in future advanced manufacturing curriculum.
Significant “gaps” between the Caucus output and the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks were noted and researched before this second caucus session. The investigators discovered that many of the skills areas identified as “gaps” are currently upper level (junior and senior) bachelor’s degree skills for B.S. programs in information technology programs and elective courses in Florida’s B.S. engineering technology programs. However, participants agreed that the 2-year college programs should be introducing these topics and integrating them into the curricula. These “gap” skills related to data integrity, cybersecurity, cloud, and network and database fundamentals.
A second major outcome of the project research was the identification of five critical crosscutting skills. These five skills, distilled from the questionnaire responses and the Caucus 1 input, were found to be important for all skills groups. These five skills are found in the table below.
FLATE works closely the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council (AMWLC) on student outreach and recruitment activities and other education-related initiatives. FLATE, the AMWLC and the regional manufacturers associations (RMAs) through the FloridaMakes Network, are working together to develop resources to support manufacturers, create a framework for capturing best practices, and develop metrics to define local and regional impacts.
Currently, the AMWLC is rolling out a new statewide “Adopt-A-School” initiative that will help capture the impact of the work many companies and organizations are doing with their regional educational institutions. The Council currently has the following three priorities:
Building apprenticeships for manufacturers
Educational pipeline development (student outreach and recruitment)
Upskilling the current workforce
The AMWLC is managed by FloridaMakes. Resources for workforce and talent development are just one of the multi-prong solutions FloridaMakes offers. Tina Berger, FloridaMakes’ Director of Talent Development, oversees the work the AMWLC and its diverse manufacturing members from across the state.