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NC Manufacturer Tackles Talent Pipeline Challenge

| Manufacturing
In a recent feature by CNBC, Triad manufacturer TIMCO Aviation shared how they are working to ensure they have a trained, prepared workforce to meet their growing job needs. With the aviation industry booming, TIMCO estimates they will hire about 350 new workers annually for the next several years. To ensure a steady supply of trained employees, they are partnering partnering with high schools, a local community college and a national program retraining adults in aviation. Additionally, they are tapping into the skills and expertise of retuning military veterans to fill these new jobs. Check out the entire CNBC story on TIMCO’s initiatives to prepare the talent of the future.
TIMCO isn’t alone in their search for skilled workers. The article points to a 2013 survey by Manpower which found 38 percent of U.S. companies say a lack of skilled talent is impeding their growth. With this and other reports in mind, the North Carolina Chamber Foundation has commissioned a study to provide strategic observations and recommendations for a more effective workforce development system in North Carolina. The report will be released later this spring.

Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber