German Companies Helping Less-skilled US Workers

Krista Kiehl
Project Consultant, MACC/DC (www.maccdcpa.org)

Faced with immediate job openings that require skilled workers, US companies are finding ways to bridge the skills gap including looking to Germany as a leader, not only in apprenticeships, but in developing skilled talent in a ways that fit the culture of American companies and workers.

From Philly.com:

green_summit_400x300“When the Pennsylvania subsidiary of the German company Aerzen became a competence center for its new line of turbo blowers, one problem emerged: Its Coatesville workers could not do the job, as it required training in not only machine assembly but electromechanical assemblies. There was a skills gap.”

Aerzen is an active member of the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACC/DC) and was instrumental in bringing the German Embassy to Chester County to speak to a group of manufacturers, students, business leaders and educators about the history of German Apprenticships and the Skills Initiative program at the May MACC/DC Parners Meeting. Downingtown STEM Acadamy hosted the meeting and the group, including the representative from the German Embassy, toured the engineering and science programs at the school.

Read more at Philly.com.

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