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•  Do current or projected skill shortages pose a significant challenge to your organization?
•  How prepared is your organization to address these challenges?
•  What key functions pose the greatest challenge?
•  Are individuals responsible for key relationships or operating procedures projected to retire?
•  Are your managers and leadership positioned to effectively manage your talent and internal expertise to adequately address these challenges?

Skills gaps impact an organization at all levels – operations, finance, leadership.

Assess the Current Situation

New Hampshire MEP’s Critical Skills Assessment is a facilitated, self assessment that gathers data about your company and the currents skills level and gaps in technical knowledge. It will provide the data necessary to determine direction and priorities in the following categories:

1.  Addressing potential skill shortages in key function areas
2.  Assessing the impact of an aging workforce on your organization
3.  Evaluating and modifying your training and development programs
4.  Training recommendations for assessed personnel
5.  Key performance indicators and the financial impact on your organization
6.  Recruitment strategies to assist your organization in finding qualified new hires

An in-depth report, including a training matrix, will provide baseline information that can be used to facilitate a discussion on your current strengths and weaknesses in these areas.

Call New Hampshire MEP to schedule an assessment of your current workforce needs.

Recruit & Train the Right People

MassMEP Image Approximately 70% of manufacturing skills are basic and universal to all manufacturing occupations.

According to the US Department of Labor, the cost of hiring and then firing an employee whose skill sets do not meet job demands equates to 30% of a year’s salary. Other organizations place the figure between 25 and 200%!!

Critical Occupational REadiness (CORE) Skills Training

An intense, focused practical skills, theory, and hand-on curriculum conducted over two consecutive weeks. The curriculum is instructor lead with self paced computer training modules. The curriculum can be customized to meet a specific need. Each module contains a series of tests to measure each student’s comprehension of the material. The unique “fast track” training process is designed to produce basically trained employees for manufacturing companies. Total Hours: 80.

Intermediate and Advanced Technical Skills Training

Course Offerings Include:

•  Geometric Dimensioning &Tolerancing
•  Statistical Process Control
•  G&M Programming for Operators
•  MasterCam
•  Programmable Logic Controllers
•  Leader Effectiveness Training
•  Team Involvement Problem Solving
•  Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Workshop

OJT: “Train the Trainer” (TWI: Job Instruction)

Participants learn how to quickly train employees to do the job correctly, safely, and conscientiously. The demands of developing a flexible workforce and training employees require standardized best practices. JI teaches how to effectively breakdown a job and deliver instruction for individual tasks. Developing and delivering training in this structured fashion fosters the conditions for process stability. Benefits experienced when practicing Job Instruction are reduced training time, less scrap and rework, fewer accidents, and increased job satisfaction. Total Hours: 10.

By providing foundational skills training for new hires a company can reduce:

•  Training time, for both the new hire and the mentor
•  Quality issues
•  Turnover of first year employees

Aging Workforce

A two to five year window may be necessary to implement a successful knowledge transfer strategy. While employee age demographics alone do not provide a complete picture of your staffing needs, a critical skills assessment can help determine how aggressive your organization should be in solving this issue for its future staffing needs.

The company as a whole may not be susceptible to changing age demographics but there may be departments where older workers may possess important institutional knowledge.

The talent needs of your organization will evolve and change over time. A training program can take time to mature and produce the desired talent or skill set needed. Employers that leverage and strengthen the skills of their current employees will be better prepared to meet their short and long term talent needs. One way to keep experienced staff on the job is to give them the opportunity to move into new roles and learn new skills.


Basic Manufacturing Skills

This class provides the foundation for more advanced technical skills training. The curriculum includes Shop Math, Blueprinting, and Metrology. Class covers basic math concepts and terms, arithmetic operations, line drawings, special part features and configurations, hands on use of tools and measurement of product parts. It is recommended that anyone participating in advanced technical training take this foundation/refresher course prior to enrollment. Total Hours: 18.

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

An introductory course for SPC, the curriculum includes basic statistics and application of statistics for process control: variation, probability, normal distribution curve, standard deviation, control charts, variables. Total Hours: 8.

Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

An introductory course for GD&T, the curriculum includes fundamental symbols, rules, concepts, datums, orientation, position, concentricity, symmetry, profile. Total Hours: 8.

G & M Programming for Operators

This class includes a variety of situations and functions of the CNC machines to prepare a student to further their education in the programming field. The course covers CNC mill and CNC lathe programming. Each section includes an extensive learning presentation followed by instructor led workbooks which help the student understand the material. Total Hours: 8.

Team Involvement Problem Solving (TIPS)

An accelerated skill building workshop that trains participants how to effectively use a structured, team-based approach to eliminate the root cause of costly performance problems. Team exercises challenge participants to apply the TIPS methodology every step of the way to sharpen their teaming skills. Total Hours: 8.

Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.)

This workshop teaches Dr. Thomas Gordon’s world-renowned model of human relationships. Participants learn both the basic philosophy underlying this model and, more importantly use the Behavior Window to recognize when and how to use the skills to make it work. Total Hours: 24.

Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution Workshop (C.R.W.)

This workshop teaches Dr. Thomas Gordon’s model for resolving conflicts. Participants will learn a proven six-step method of problem solving and develop the communications skills necessary to implement it successfully time and time again. Total Hours: 24.
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