The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking, has issued a cutting edge white paper, “Workforce Imperative:  A Manufacturing Education Strategy” containing a national action plan to address job skills gaps in the manufacturing sector.  The paper identifies the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model as one of four key pillars of manufacturing knowledge, standing side by side with workforce development, manufacturing education, and industry-recognized credentials. 

This culmination of two years of research, involving hundreds of stakeholders from industry, government and education, reinforces the value of the model to our industry and education partners as a tool to prepare the current and future workers for the real life skills needs of the manufacturing sector.

The Bottom Line Newsletter-Issue 2

Faith-based and Community Groups Bring Creativity to Job Fairs

Small Business Toolkit!

This toolkit is designed to assist you in building strong partnerships between the workforce development system and small business-serving organizations to strengthen entrepreneurship and self-employement in your community.  Please click here to view the related webinar that brought workforce professionals together to discuss their experience and best practices in building these relationships. 


Business Engagement Website Launch Webinar

A recording of the Business Engagement Website Launch Webinar is now available.  This webinar was hosted by Jennifer Troke, Business Relations Group, Employment and Training Administration, on June 3rd, 2011.

The purpose of this webinar was to introduce the business engagement website to Business Service Representatives who will be using the website as a resource to conduct train-the-trainer events in their communities.

The website is the vehicle that ETA has developed to help BSRs find all the latest training materials, best practices, and other key resources.

Click the View button to watch a recording of the webinar.  Thanks for everyone's participation!

BSR Workshop Photos

Check out the photo slideshow capturing the Workforce Leadership Session at the recent Business Services Leadership Training event.

Training Materials: Onsite BSR Training Event

This site includes conference materials, resources, tools and promising practices that can assist in effective business engagement and video testimonials of business service success stories.

BSRs….This site’s for you!

Hello!  Since you’re browsing this site, we applaud your commitment as a workforce professional interested in enhancing your employer engagement strategies.  Good for you! 

Last month, the Employment & Training Administration hosted a marathon training event in Washington, D.C., with a select group of 60 Business Service Representatives (BSRs).  Our overarching goal was to facilitate conversations around new business strategies and to introduce a portfolio of e-tools designed for the workforce system.  The BSRs who attended these sessions were charged with sharing this information far and wide in their communities. Based on their insights and considerable professional expertise, the content and training materials were fine-tuned and are featured on this site. 

Now, our broader objective is to assist other BSRs with expanding their business engagement strategies.   YOUR skills can be enhanced through exciting content that will distinguish you as a workforce leader in your community.  We know that the work of a BSR is never done, and that strategies for building relationships throughout the business lifecycle are always evolving – firms may be growing, laying off, or both!  Employers may be looking for intel on  transferable skills across occupations and, of course, they are always looking for opportunities to up-skill both new and incumbent workers through targeted training. 

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