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VOLUME 6 | Edition 8 | June 2018
Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

The VMA's commitment to workforce development is unrivaled in the association business.  One of our principal goals is to close the industry skills and interest gaps in the current and emerging workforce by 2020.  This means that we need to reach 20,000 people a year with our Dream It Do It Virginia Career Information System and train over 6,000 adults a year through our Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) Academic Partner Network .  To get there, we need your help.

In partnership with our 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, the Virginia Industry Foundation, we launched the Vision 2020 Campaign.  Our goal is to raise $750,000 in dedicated funds for our workforce development programs.  MSI and Dream It Do It Virginia are 100% funded by direct contributions, grants, and fees for service, and they need your philanthropic support.

To keep the nationally award-winning Dream It Do It Virginia programs running and maintain our MSI training programs with Virginia's 130 high schools and 23 community colleges, we are challenging Virginia industry to help us raise $500,000 by December 2018. To make a tax preferred contribution today, go to http://manufacturingskillsinstitute.org/vision2020/. 

If you have any questions about MSI, Dream It Do It Virginia or Vision 2020, please call Dr. Victor Gray or me at 804.643.7489.  Thank you for helping us close the industry skills and interest gaps by 2020 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Best Wishes,  
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

VMA Safety Awards & Chairman's Safety Awards Open - Applications Due August 10

The VMA Safety Awards are presented each year at the Virginia Environmental Health & Safety (VEHS) Conference to manufacturing contractors who exemplify workforce safety. Winners of these awards are contractors who participate in the Manufacturing Skills Institute's (MSI) Industrial Safety Readiness Training (ISRT) certificate program.  Gold, Silver and Bronze level winners meet the following ISRT certificate training criterion:
  • Gold Level - 75% of qualified workforce trained
  • Silver Level - 50% of qualified workforce trained
  • Bronze Level - 25% of qualified workforce trained
Companies are evaluated annually by MSI and VMA professional staff and recognized at an awards ceremony at the VEHS Conference.

Beginning this year, Gold Level winners of the VMA Safety Awards are eligible to compete for the VMA Chairman's Safety Award.  These manufacturing contractors exemplify the highest level of safety commitment and performance.  

Eligible companies must meet the following criteria:
  • Established Safety Management System
  • ISRT Certificate Requirements:
    • Gold Level Status (75% of total qualified workforce trained)
    • 100% of employees working on host employer locations trained
  • No NOVs from OSHA or VOSH for previous 12 months (exemptions possible based on mitigating circumstances - written explanation required for consideration)
    • Good Injury Trends - OSHA Recordable Rates equal to or lower than industry average and 5 year injury trending is positive.
  • VMA Membership
The winner will be announced and recognized on September 26 at the VEHS Conference in Richmond.   If your company would like to be nominated to receive the VMA Chairman's Safety Award, and meets the above requirements, please submit your application using the online form at http://www.vamanufacturers.com/2018-virginia-environmental-health-safety-conference/safetyaward/ by August 10th.
SW Manufacturers Executive Roundtable - June 27, 2018
This quarterly meeting will focus on resources and tools for manufacturers that can assist in talent development and the creation of a qualified workforce pipeline. 

Two major resources in the Roanoke region are the Virginia Western Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.     Representatives from these institutions will provide information on:
  • Industry credentials that guarantee a qualified workforce
  • Custom training for your current and/or future employees
  • Upcoming open enrollment classes, curriculum and funding and more!
Virginia Career Works - Roanoke Center
3601 Thirlane Road, Suite #2
Roanoke, VA 24019
7:30 am - 9 am

DIDIVA Summer Camps Are In Full Swing!

Experiential learning is taking Virginia by storm this summer with 14 Dream It Do It Virginia Advanced Technology Academies, Adventures, Camps and Employability Workshops planned around the state!   Our goal is to serve over 250 students and adults this summer.
Dream It. Do it. Virginia Advanced Technology Academies, Adventures and Camps introduce participants to the manufacturing design process in a fun and interactive format. These programs are an innovative way to educate students, parents and teachers about manufacturing careers. Tours, lectures, and manufacturing demonstrations structure each day. Additionally, a competitive manufacturing assignment is built into academies and camps, where participants are divided into teams and work collaboratively to produce a product.  

Program opportunities are varied:
  • One (1+) day Academies are designed for adults and/or students who meet certain eligibility requirements
  • One (1) day STEM Career Adventures are designed for middle and high school students
  • Four (4) Day Camps are designed for students who are still in high school
  • One (1) day Employability Workshops are for Manufacturing Job Seekers

For additional information, and to view a complete list of all opportunities throughout Virginia, click here.  If you would like to host a camp or get involved, please contact Melissa Gordon at  mgordon@vamanufacturers.com.  

New VMA Member Benefit:
Microsoft Office 365
The Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF), which is a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliation of the VMA, is now an exclusive re-seller of Microsoft Office 365 for enterprise, business and home.  VMA members now have access to Microsoft products and services at a significantly reduced cost.  

365 is a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

The VMA has already transitioned to this new Microsoft Office 365 program with great success.  To find the software solution that best suits your needs, visit the VIF website for details and pricing information.

Kaufman & Canoles 34th Annual Employment Law Seminar

July 19, 2018
Hampton Roads Convention Center

The 34th Annual Employment Law Update will highlight employment law risks and provide practical suggestions on risk avoidance.  Attendees can earn up to 6 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR re-certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and 5 PDCs towards the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  

The party won't end there!  One lucky winner will win a $350 gift card to host his/her own "office party" at one of the Peninsula's hottest party venues, Tradition Brewing.

Click here to view the full schedule, list of speakers and online registration.