BLU Employer Wyoming Machine talks about Skills Gap

BLU Member Erick Ajax Will Serve as Panelist at International Symposium on Manufacturing Workforce Solutions

Erick Ajax, Vice President and co-owner of EJ Ajax and Sons, will speak on building inclusive training progarms on November 18 at the Global Symposium in DC.

What's Next for BLU

In January 2015 BLU will bring employers to Washington, DC to talk about what is working in their states regarding workforce partnerships. This convening will give employers an opportunity to engage with key policymakers on skill and training issues.

BLU leader and Optimax President Mike Mandina Featured in Company Profile

BLU leader Mike Mandina shines a light on Optimax Systems' journey from humble beginnings to its present-day production of cutting edge optics for the aerospace industry.

SEIU HCAP Convening on Sector-Based Training for Better Healthcare Systems

NSC focuses on ways to provide cutting edge models of sector-based training through labor-management partnerships at a national "Using Our Voice to Build Better Systems" convening.

USA Today Shines Spotlight on Middle-Skill Jobs

USA Today calls attention to the notable and growing demand for middle-skill jobs in the US through an interactive, multi-media feature. Exec. Director Andy Van Kleunen was quoted on the need for students to receive better info about career planning.

Manufacturing Company Becomes Model for Fighting Long-Term Unemployment

Business Leaders United (BLU) Executive Committee member Erick Ajax widens the pipeline to middle-skill jobs by recognizing America's untapped talent pool, and captures the attention of the national media.

Ready to Work Partnership Grants Announced

The White House awarded almost $170 million in Ready to Work grants to 23 partnerships that are working to fight long-term unemployment. NSC partners JVS San Francisco and 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund were among the grant recipients.

Sen. Durbin Visits Job Training Center: Lessons in Cultivating Policymaker Champions

National Field Director Jessie Hogg Leslie shares ways to maintain active engagement with policymakers to foster champions on the Hill who will promote effective workforce development strategies and investments.

Where the jobs are: The new blue collar

Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen quoted in USA Today article covering the current climate of middle-skill jobs in the U.S. and ways to match workers and employers.

Employer Engagement is Critical to Effective Workforce Programs

Business Leaders United Director Scott Ellsworth discussed what it means to "work on the demand side" in workforce development at a discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

10 skills that can launch a fulfilling manufacturing career

Erick Ajax, co-owner of E.J. Ajax and Business Leaders United Executive Member, recommends 10 common sense job skills that young people seeking careers in manufacturing should bring to the table.

Minnesota factories gear up to replace retiring boomers

E.J. Ajax, a metal stamping firm co-owned by Business Leaders United Executive Committee member Erick Ajax , will host visitors from five high schools to spark interest in and show the high-tech side of manufacturing.

Canton Man's Company Manufactures Specialty Parts, Jobs

BLU executive committee member Michael Tamasi of AccuRounds discusses how his efforts to educate the public about the manufacturing industry's need to fill the skill gap landed him a seat at a roundtable discussion hosted by President Obama.