Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Hillphoenix (Chesterfield County) this week to see firsthand the impact of job training programs in the region. Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), the workforce development partnership of John Tyler and Reynolds Community Colleges, and Hillphoenix are working together to create a culture of professional and personal development in the manufacturing industry. Beginning earlier this year, this partnership offers technical training for apprenticeships and welding/brazing, and has been working to increase employee leadership and management capabilities through CCWA’s Frontline Leadership program.
Hiring and keeping qualified employees is a top priority for Hillphoenix. To help recruit and train current employees, CCWA offers two new industry certifications for frontline positions. The Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) are currently being utilized to instill important technical knowledge in the workforce pipeline. Hillphoenix is one of Virginia’s largest employers to see great value in these certifications for recruitment, as well as incumbent worker training.
Credentialing & leadership projects are a great example of CCWA’s broad delivery of services within one company. CCWA’s director of manufacturing and logistics programs, Wes Smith, apprenticeship coordinator, John McGarry and OJT (On-The-Job Training) coordinator, Stephanie Landry were on-hand with company representatives, state leaders and employees as the Governor toured the facility and discussed the success of workforce training programs.
Photo credit: Michaele White, Office of the Governor