Advanced Manufacturing

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) -- comprising Worksystems and our sister workforce development boards, Clackamas Workforce Partnership and Workforce Southwest Washington -- has released the 2022-23 State of the Workforce report, a comprehensive, data-driven examination of the challenges and opportunities facing the labor market in the Portland metro area. This iteration of the report, authored by labor market economist Dr. // Read more

The Future Ready Oregon initiative, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2022, is a game-changing, once-in-a-generation investment in Oregon's workforce development system. It provides more than $200 million to help Oregonians access and receive the training, education, and support they need to transition into living-wage careers. // Read more

Monday, October 10, 2022

Thanks to a new collaboration between Intel, Worksystems, Portland Community College, Worksource, and the City of Hillsboro, it’s faster and easier than ever before to train to enter the semiconductor industry. // Read more

Utilizing the labor market information found in this data report, the CWWC will hold a series of convenings with industry and stakeholders to again update the Manufacturing Workforce Plan and create new goals for 2022–2025. Updating the Manufacturing Workforce Plan will allow for the identification of common industry workforce challenges, the opportunity to coalesce around shared goals and resources, and align the efforts of the public workforce system to make a greater overall impact for the Manufacturing sector in our region.  // Read more

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Over 80 job seekers attended our information session to learn about a welder pre-hire training program that we are supporting for Gunderson. Candidates who successfully complete the 30-hour training will be considered for hire as a Welder Trainee at Gunderson with an additional 6-weeks of on-the-job training provided post-hire. // Read more

Advanced Manufacturing Sector Report, 2016

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July 11th, 2016

This industry report examines the workforce data, characteristics and trends that define the Advanced Manufacturing sector within the Greater Portland-Vancouver Area. With nearly 100,000 jobs and a payroll of $7.6B, Advanced Manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of the regions private-sector employment and 15 percent of payroll. // Read more

Thursday, April 28, 2016

On April 26, Worksystems partnered with All Hands Raised to host an immersion experience for area education leaders. Teams comprised of superintendents, school board members, principals and councilors from 14 high schools across Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties toured the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute and the Leatherman manufacturng facility to learn about career opportunities in manufacturing and construction.  // Read more

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Worksystems is one of three metro area Workforce Development Boards implementing an $8.5 million US Department of Labor grant - called ReBoot NW - that will provide training to unemployed veterans and long-term unemployed job seekers in our region who are interested in mid- to high-level careers in IT/Tech and Manufacturing. ReBoot NW is our region’s response to the White House’s Ready to Work Initiative, which is premised on the idea that anyone who is ready to work should be able to find a job that fits their skills or access training to find a better job. // Read more

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative - a partnership between Worksystems, the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County and the SW Washington Development Council - recently sponsored a Manufacturing Forum to update business leaders on progress made towards the Manufacturing Workforce Plan. Roughly 150 people attended.

The Manufacturing Workforce Plan identifies the three key issues businesses have told us are impacting their industry:  // Read more

Monday, January 12, 2015

The 3rd annual Manufacturing Showcase Day was held on January 9th at Clackamas Community College to raise youth interest in and awareness of the rewarding careers in manufacturing. // Read more