Free Training to enhance employable skills and address employer needs

Three forces have joined together in St. Joseph County to offer a free two-week, career development training course designed to enhance a person’s skills for entering the manufacturing, healthcare and government fields. Representatives from Michigan Works! Southwest, Glen Oaks Community College, and Applied IE combined their knowledge and expertise to create a program to help individuals gain and improve employable job skills.

The training, open to the community, will be held weekdays from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glen Oaks Community College.

“St. Joseph County’s business and manufacturing industries are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers for the many available job openings,” said Paul Aivars, Glen Oaks director of business services and outreach. “The worker shortage is not limited to the county—it is occurring across the state and country. The collaboration was formed to work on solving the problem by helping individuals and the business community remain competitive with a skilled workforce.”

“These are skills any employer would value, which are cultivating and developing skills such as professionalism, effective communication, time and self-management that will increase the participant’s knowledge and contributions to any company,” said Aivars. In addition, participants will learn how to work effectively with a variety of personality and work style types to better improve teamwork and learn to build trust and find common ground that will result in creating great relationships within a company’s current or future work environment.

The two-week program will include the following topics:

Day 1: Workplace Expectations
Effective Leadership Principles

Day 2: Effective Resumes/Resume Development
Interview Skills/Mock Interviews

Day 3: Goal Setting
Attaining, Retaining and Advancing in Your Career

Day 4: Technology-Job Search and On-the-Job
How to Find Your Career

Day 5: Marketable Skills
Reinventing the YOU

Day 6: Professionalism
Effective Communication
Handling Conflict and Unprofessional Behavior
Time and Self-management

Day 7: Introduction to Manufacturing
Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

Day 8: Problem Solving/Root Cause
Team Building

Day 9: 5 s and Kanban concepts
Production Simulation – assembling a product utilizing all concepts taught in class

Day 10: Production Simulation

Partial funding for this training cohort was provided through a grant awarded to the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is the administrative entity for Michigan Works! Southwest and a recipient of Workforce Innovation Funds provided by the United States Department of Labor.

To qualify for the program, please contact the Michigan Works Three Rivers Office, 16587 Enterprise Dr. #5, Three Rivers, MI 49093, Phone: (269) 273-2717, and ask for Leann or Paula. For other questions, please contact Paul Aivars, director of business outreach and services at Glen Oaks Community College, (269) 294-4276 or via our Contact Form.