Nicole Rice

Manufacturers meet for Workforce Symposium

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 12, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Manufacturers from around the state gathered last week to discuss workforce resources and funding at the “Workforce Excellence and Sustainability” symposium.  Industry leaders and state workforce directors spent half a day learning about the barriers to recruiting, training and sustaining a skilled industrial workforce and discussing practical programmatic solutions to alleviating those challenges.  State representatives included Christine Baker (Director, Department of Industrial Relations); Tim Rainey (Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board); Stewart Knox (Executive Director, Employment Training Panel) and Jose Anaya (Statewide Director & Sector Navigator – Advance Manufacturing –California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office). 

Recommendations stemming from the discussion included: parity in community college training courses throughout the state; development of minimum qualifications for entry-level positions; shorter time frames for program completion; central point of contact to learn about resources and service; development of a “roadmap” of services to ease navigation through system and consistency in core competencies among educational and apprenticeship programs.

This invitation-only event was co-hosted by CMTA and the Department of Industrial Relations and was held at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, California.  If you are interested in enhancing your training programs or learning more about obtaining state and/or federal funds to offset your training costs, contact CMTA’s Director of Training Services Rob Sanger at



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