Executives from the region’s leading manufacturers urged fellow organizations to adopt more creative talent acquisition and retention approaches during a panel discussion Sept. 20 at the Mount Washington Mill-Dye House, part of a manufacturing focused series created by SC&H Group.
The panelists urged business owners to stop using uninventive workforce development strategies, or face the prospect of continued difficulty with recruiting.
Trif Alatzas, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Sun and moderator of the event, directed a series of questions for the panel of experts. While many manufacturing organizations have struggled to retain, recruit and expand their workforces, the companies the panelists represented have managed to do just that through programs such as vocational schools, grants, joint ventures, apprenticeships and internal training initiatives.
Alatzas opened the discussion by sharing the importance of manufacturing to the Sun, a vibrant manufacturer in Baltimore printing, producing, and distributing the newspaper for more than 180 years. Mark Rice, the president of Maritime Applied Physics Corporation touched the gap between workforce development and manufacturing as one of the most important issue faced by manufacture and still its biggest challenge today. He discussed initiatives taken by his organization to create training, educational and mentoring programs at the high school level.
The event was also jointly sponsored by First National Bank.
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