We’re a few weeks into the new year – how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? One of the most common resolutions is to learn something new, and CCWA has a multitude of professional development options to help you and your team keep that resolution.
Registered apprenticeship has always been the “go-to” training option for jobs within the trades industries. But why it is that other industry sectors haven’t adopted that training model?
Maybe the countless success stories just haven’t been communicated well. Or perhaps, other industries think that the apprenticeship model is only conducive for jobs such as electricians and heating and air mechanics. However, we’re finally at a point where other industries are being forced to look into new professional development options.
For some, the idea of flipping the lights to start a new day and wearing the visible or invisible badge “Owner” means everything. It is well worth the lost hours of sleep managing inventory, countless calls to prospects and marginal salary to ensure the “Open” sign stays illuminated.
Manufacturing is still alive and well in the Greater Richmond region. Our local economy continues to benefit from this thriving business sector, which has created more ancillary jobs in comparison to others. The manufacturing industry, however, is only as good as its human capital, and a large skills gap has appeared in the last decade.
While manufacturing plants have many open positions, and opportunities exist for employees to progress upward internally, employers find it difficult to locate candidates with the needed technical knowledge. This skills gap creates a significant opportunity for companies and individuals to break away from the pack. Job seekers and incumbent employees who are enhancing their knowledge and technical expertise become more competitive. Additionally, companies that actively invest in their employees increase productivity in their workplaces.
Congratulations to Greater Richmond Partnership for earning two Excellence in Economic Development Awards. The brochures in the category of Annual Report for communities with populations greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) were recognized with a Gold and Bronze award in the international competition.
The CCWA staff joined baseball fans for two nights at the Diamond supporting our Richmond Flying Squirrels. On August 1st and 21st, CCWA distributed hundreds of seat cushions and information on course offerings and services. Have FUNN! Go NUTS!