Working with a technical-college program, Miura Manufacturing America got help training local workers for jobs at its soon-to-be-built manufacturing plant.
Miura had jobs to fill at its new 100,000 ft2boiler manufacturing facility in Rockmart, Ga., and teamed up with Georgia
Northwestern Technical College and Quick Start, a unit of the Technical College
System of Georgia, for help training local workers in precision-welding
techniques and other technical skills required to build industrial steam
Miura, training experts from Quick Start, and Pete McDonald,
GNTC’s economic development vice president, designed a program that encompassed
core skills, job-specific training and collaboration strategies that would
enable workers to quickly fill the positions being created. GNTC provided
services that included customized industrial and organizational development
training, Quick Start assistance, continuing education courses and Georgia Work
According to Mark Utzinger, Miura president, the company
sought the help because "Miura realizes it is an integral part of the
local community and is committed to helping the local workforce fill
positions" at the facility by training and retraining the local workforce.
GNTC brought potential employees to the campus welding shop
where their skills were evaluated and ranked to help facilitate hiring
processes. GNTC also provided use of its Polk County Campus as a training
facility and temporary office for the project until the construction of the
Miura facility was complete.
The Georgia Work Ready program was the core of Miura's
employee-screening process, which provided workers with a Work Ready
Certificate that assessed their real-world skills and documented their work
“The Georgia Work Ready assessment has been a real benefit to
us,” Utzinger says. “It allows us to build the right workforce by acquiring the
local talent we need to grow and prosper. Being able to see a potential
employee’s assessment score allows us to better determine whether a candidate
can handle the job’s responsibilities and determine additional training needs
is now an ongoing collaboration between the academic programs and Miura. GNTC
will help identify qualified graduates to fill open and newly created positions
while providing college and short-term courses to meet the company's growing
need for skilled workers.