(WBNG Binghamton) Partners for Education and Business, Inc. on Friday kicked off its 3rd Annual Manufacturing Careers Day and Program, with this year’s opening day hosted by INFICON in Syracuse.
According to a news release:
Incepted in 2010, Manufacturing Careers Day serves as an annual opportunity for regional high school and community college students to visit participating manufacturing companies throughout the region to hear and learn firsthand about the many benefits and opportunities available in manufacturing careers.
Peter Maier, President of INFICON, opened up the Careers Day with opening remarks and welcoming the students and business leaders in attendance, and emphasized the critical importance of early education and providing pathways into successful careers including Manufacturing.
Maier stated, "INFICON is proud to sponsor Manufacturing Careers Day and is excited to host today's talented students as they learn about the many opportunities available to them in the Manufacturing industry. It is our hope, that all will see the benefits that come from educating students about the interesting and rewarding opportunities that come with a career in Manufacturing, for regional businesses and students alike. As for the students, you are the future of our nation’s economic well-being, and it is my hope that from your visit, information sessions and exercises conducted throughout this program and in your future, that you will be inspired to pursue a career in Manufacturing in the Central New York area."
Joe Vargo, Executive Director of Partners for Education & Business added, “For twenty years, Partners for Education & Business has worked with our community leaders, businesses, educators and students to constantly improve the ways we can reach students and educate them on the many careers and opportunities available to them. Our Manufacturing Careers Day Program
is just one fine example of the many successful programs we can and will continue to support that brings all of these people together to achieve success for our students, our businesses, and our region. As a part of PEB’s Career Spark Campaign, and on behalf of the PEB and MACNY team, I applaud these fine businesses, educators, administrative leaders and sponsors on their
commitment and dedication in bringing together students and exciting career opportunities that await them through programs such as Manufacturing Careers Day.”
Randy Wolken, MACNY President also addressed the 100+ attendees, stating, “We as a region have a plethora of talent, opportunity and potential workforce that can remain here in Central New York and add to our economic development and well-being of our region. Manufacturing Careers Day allows us to tap into these avenues and work together to further codify the relationship between education and business right here in Central New York. I look most forward to the great outcomes from today and increasing our impact as we work together and enhance career education and skill development, enabling students and businesses alike.”
Following the morning’s kick off and press conference, the day long agenda included a tour of INFICON’s world class manufacturing operations, and a roundtable discussion on the future of manufacturing with keynote speaker Brent Weil, Senior Vice President of the National Association for Manufacturing.
Brent Weil stated, "There are 600,000 manufacturing jobs going unfilled today because of a skills gap between employers' needs and the skills available in the applicant pool. Efforts like this will not only reach and engage potential talent, but show them first-hand the kinds of skills they need to be successful in manufacturing careers."
This year, the event hosted over 100 regional high school and community college students, and over the course of the program, will conduct tours and informational sessions with other local Manufacturing companies, including INFICON, O’Brien & Gere,
Huhtamaki, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company and GE Inspection Technologies. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of activities at the different Manufacturing companies or at their schools.
In addition to the onsite support granted by the aforementioned companies, Manufacturing Careers Day is sponsored by the following companies: INFICON, O’Brien & Gere, Schneider Packaging, Dielectric Labs, Corning, Inc., Nucor, PPC, First Niagara, Stickley, Huhtamaki,
GE Inspection Technologies and Revere Copper.