Advanced Manufacturing

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Manufacturing is a key engine that powers the economic vitality of the Portland-Vancouver region. It provides jobs, innovation, and spurs productivity giving our region a competitive edge in the global economy. // Read more

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Workforce Strategies to Support Manufacturers

January 14th, 2014

Manufacturing is a key engine that powers the economic vitality of the Portland-Vancouver region. It provides jobs, innovation, and spurs productivity giving our region a competitive edge in the global economy. // Read more

Monday, December 16, 2013

The lack of young people entering careers in manufacturing has been identified by the industry as their #1 workforce challenge. // Read more

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In early October, Worksystems and our partners in the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative hosted a Manufacturing Summit to unveil the 2013-2015 Manufacturing Workforce Plan. 70 business representatives were in attendance as well as elected officials, community colleges, economic developers, and staff from the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and industry associations such as Manufacturing 21.  // Read more

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Worksystems and area workforce partners recently hosted an event at Clackamas Community College to showcase careers in manufacturing to area youth to help build a pipeline of skilled workers for the industry. Students learned about industry occupations, wage rates, and available tools to help them further explore career options.  Students toured the college’s manufacturing training facilities and completed hands on projects to get a feel for the nature of the work.  The day concluded with a presentation by Liberty Metal Fab on employment at their // Read more

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