Georgia Mountains manufacturing sector employers are being surveyed by the Career Pathway Workgroup to align what is being offered in career tech education with business needs. The top positions for manufacturing employers were already determined in a previous survey. Now we need to compare career pathways within our 13-county region to your needs. Some of our high schools have existing pathways like Ag Mechanics, Drafting, Engineering, Mechatronics, and Welding. Students benefit when we plan from the stance of knowing what employers want. This will help us better understand current and future training opportunities for students in your target industry. Thank you for your partnership!

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* 1. How well do each of the following training or certifications prepare high school students entering the workforce to choose the right career path, differentiate themselves as job candidates, and encourage long-term successful performance in manufacturing?

  Not well prepared to succeed in manufacturing Somewhat well prepared to succeed in manufacturing Very well prepared to succeed in manufacturing
Forklift
OSHA 10, first aid, CPR
Soft Skills
Technical College Certificate (TCC) in a manufacturing related topic through Dual Enrollment (mechanics, electrical, …)
Basic ASW Welding Certification
Successful work-based learning (WBL) manufacturing experience
Part time jobs in MFG, mechanical / electrical trades, related
Any camp, webinar, seminar that focuses on a manufacturing related subject
School-based certificate of completion
Club participation (Skills USA, FFA, FBLA, etc.)

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* 2. What other skills do you look for in new hires or high school graduates?

  Not important Somewhat important Very important
Soft - Communication skills
Soft - Work ethic
Soft - Eagerness to learn and work
Soft - Leadership
Analytical - Problem solving understanding
Analytical - Math
Technical/practical - Measuring (using measuring devices like Rule, Caliper, Micrometer, Dial indicators, Multimeter, Thermometer…)
Technical/practical - Hand tool usage – understanding and safety. (drills, screw guns, circular saw, hand saws, sabre saw, hammer, chisel, vise, pliers, wrenches, ratchet and sockets, etc.)
Technical/practical - Machining (cutting, turning, milling, shearing, bending, drilling, grinding, etc.)
Technical/practical - Mechanics (Ag or Auto or other) whether learned in class or shade tree
Technical/practical - Welding
Technical/practical - Computer programming especially as related to Robotic or Electrical control topics
Technical/practical - Computer analysis using software to evaluate data – advanced Excel, Visual Basic or similar

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* 3. Are you currently employing a Work Based Learning (WBL) high school student(s)?

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* 4. What type of further development do you invest in your employees (check all that apply)

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* 5. What are the priority training needs for your current workforce? 

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* 6. What additional (non-MFG) roles are you currently looking to fill? (check all that apply)

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* 7. Please use this space for anything else you’d like to add.

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* 8. Company

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* 9. Name

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* 10. E-mail

Thank you for your participation. If you would like the results of this survey and/or to learn more about the 13-county Georgia Mountains Manufacturing Sector Partnership that is funded by WorkSource Georgia Mountains and solely focuses on workforce development in manufacturing, please email shelley@workforcestrategiesgroup.com.
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