As the Workforce Development Division of SME, our commitment to upskilling the manufacturing workforce is backed by a century of expertise and service to the industry and goes well beyond our training products.

By leveraging our industry knowledge and relationships with leading manufacturing, education, and workforce experts and organizations, we are able to develop a variety of resources covering industry challenges, best practices, and strategies for what's new and what's next.

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5 Reasons Training Must Go Beyond Onboarding

Successful learning programs are continual, moving through all talent management processes.

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Mission Critical: Workforce 2021

A skills gap crisis is looming for the manufacturing industry. Is your company ready?

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Why You Need To Move To Competency-Based Education

Manufacturers are seeing results with a career-relevant approach: competency-based education.

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Using Business Approach to Develop Next Gen Workforce

Outlining the challenges facing high-school CTE programs related to CNC machining and welding.

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Building A Multigenerational Manufacturing Workforce

Cross-pollination of diverse thought, experience, and approach strengthens the workforce.

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How To Build A High-Performance Workforce

If you aspire to world-class status, a focus on workforce development can help you get there.

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Balancing Operations And Training

Manufacturers need training to move their organizations forward, meet demands, and grow.

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Solving the Talent Challenge: Millennials and Gen Z

Today, world-class organizations understand that people are the ultimate resource.

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Proving the ROI of Training

Organizations that have a strong learning foundation, significantly outperform their peers.

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Back to the Future: On-The-Job Training

The importance of strong on-the-job training is a driver of manufacturing competitiveness.

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A Vibrant Learning Culture Drives Success

Focusing on learning also leads to strong employee engagement and retention; added to ROI.

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The True Cost Turnover

Significant turnover indicates a company is not focused on strategies to retain its employees.