Nonprofit addresses challenges in finding and developing skilled workers

April 05,2018 - 11:15am
Nonprofit addresses challenges in finding and developing skilled workers

Article from Jane Addams Resource Center

U.S. manufacturers face an aging workforce, concerns regarding safety best practices, ongoing movement toward lean manufacturing and the rapid emergence of new technologies. At the same time, people are struggling to pay bills, find work that provides a living wage, and support themselves and their families.

Employers need to find pre-screened, qualified, entry-level employees. And job seekers need the skills to land those jobs.

Chicago's Jane Addams Resource Center (JARC) helps both job seekers and employers advance in today's rapidly changing economy through comprehensive training programs. It is focused on the metalworking trades, specifically welding and CNC machining, to staff a diverse segment that encompasses individual job shops, as well as production departments in manufacturing companies.

Employers have access to a pool of qualified workers as well as on-site training for their current employees and more. Job seekers can find classroom training in a simulated manufacturing workplace environment modeled on a shop floor.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • land


    Part of the tool body that remains after the flutes are cut.

  • lean manufacturing

    lean manufacturing

    Companywide culture of continuous improvement, waste reduction and minimal inventory as practiced by individuals in every aspect of the business.

  • metalworking


    Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.