As a manufacturer, you know that manufacturers need to attract the next generation of talent—people with the skills and attitudes necessary for innovation and success. Manufacturing careers offer good salaries and exciting opportunities that are on the cutting edge of new technologies and products. However, our industry is often misunderstood in the eyes of young people, as well as the parents and teachers who influence their career choices.
To help change the image of manufacturing in the West Central region, Dream It. Do It. West Central is launching a manufacturing “Career Dream Team,” a group of young, manufacturing ambassadors who will represent the industry in the region’s schools and communities. The Manufacturing Ambassador program is a best practice of The Manufacturing Institute and has been used successfully in many states. West Central’s effort will be like the Nebraska’s Career Dream Team initiative, the first Manufacturing Ambassador program in the United States.
Manufacturing ambassadors within the West Central region will join a unique national network of professionals dedicated to engaging, educating and employing today’s students in high-quality manufacturing jobs, while educating career influencers like parents and educators. Ambassadors are early-career employees who play a front-facing role in their community, representing the manufacturing industry. They bring forward a message of inspiration, passion, and drive to potential students as they consider their future and what they want to do in life. They share their real-life stories of success, and in doing so, help young people “find their dream.”
We are currently in the process of recruiting manufacturing ambassadors to be part of the Career Dream Team. Ideal candidates are: 29 and under, hold a degree or certification in a manufacturing-related field, understand the core values of the company they work for, can represent their company well to the public, are comfortable talking to middle and high school students, are willing to describe their educational pathway and job duties in front of an audience, and would be willing to participate in a classroom presentation, career fairs, industry tours, and facility tours.
Two training sessions are planned in early December to prepare participants for their role as a manufacturing ambassador and a member of the Dream It. Do It. West Central Career Dream Team. Manufacturers who have a candidate for the program should contact Michelle Landsverk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-280-1755.