Workforce development: Upgrading your employees’ skills

KCMN Events

KCMN May Meeting

Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Manufacturing Institute’s poll of a nationally representative sample of manufacturing companies noted that 84% of manufacturing executives agree there is a talent shortage in US manufacturing, and they estimate that 6 out of 10 open skilled production positions are unfilled due to the shortage. While recruiting talent is critical, at some point, manufacturers are simply poaching each other’s talent.  Increasingly, investments in the right kinds of skill development will be critical to employing the workforce of the future. Our May meeting will feature a presentation by the Full Employment Council on resources and programs that will expand your options for talent development.  Following the presentation, we will host a panel discussion by 3 area employers who have invested in innovative strategies to develop the skills needed for their workforce today, and in the future.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017    7:30-9:00 AM
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut, KCMO

Cost is $20 for KCMN members, $25 for manufacturing company guests, and $50 for non-mfg company guests. This event is part of a 3-part workforce series: get $10 off when you register for all 3. Details at Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up for the May meeting only by May 5 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon  816-304-7958,

Presenter: Andrea Robins, Sr. Director, Career Services, Full Employment Council, Inc.

Panel Moderator:  Leslie Scott, TechHire Program Director, Full Employment Council, Inc.

Cindy Brewer, Human Resources & Marketing at Kocher + Beck USA L.P. Cindy will discuss progress made towards integrating a CNC Machining Program in collaboration with Johnson County Community College, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Haas Automation and other local manufacturing companies. The program will be rolled out through the Kansas Department of Commerce as a Workforce AID Program. Kocher + Beck manufactures Cutting Dies and other tools used in the Labeling and Packaging Industry. Kocher + Beck is a family-owned, international Company with headquarters in Southern Germany employing about 100 people at their Lenexa facility.

Elizabeth Wenske- Mullinax, Ceva Biomune:  Liz has spearheaded Ceva’s utilization of the MT1 certificate program, which includes assessments, training (online, instructor‐led, and blended online/instructor‐led) and certifications that qualify incumbent workers, transitioning military, emerging workers and dislocated workers for employment and careers in advanced technology industries, such as manufacturing.

Heather Cox, Training Coordinator, Westrock: Westrock has integrated KCMN’s Emerging Leaders program into their development planning for their future workforce needs.  The company uses a combination of in house and formal development solutions to develop the next generation of leaders. WestRock provides dispensing solutions at their Grandview Facility.


FEClogo200pxAbout the Full Employment Council: 

The Full Employment Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and administrator of the American Job Centers in the Kansas City and Eastern Jackson county areas, which includes Jackson, Platte, Clay, Cass and Ray counties. Its mission is to obtain public and private sector employment for the unemployed, underemployed and those who are dislocated due to layoffs in the Greater Kansas City area.

The career centers offer a wide array of services to job seekers and employers, which include career preparation and job exploration workshops, as well as a variety of services and tools that promote current workforce trends, labor market information, job-skills training and employment and recruitment opportunities.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. We welcome all regional manufacturers to join us to make KCMN the central resource for manufacturing company managers and owners who are working to grow and improve their businesses across many functional areas.