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PMMI Gives Workforce a
They say it takes a village to raise a child. PMMI members
in Milwaukee and Minneapolis would put it another way: “It
takes an industry to raise a workforce.” PMMI, The Association
for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has launched
JumPPstart, an initiative that calls on members to come together
to tackle what many see as a shrinking pool of qualified workers.
According to Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education &
Workforce Development, PMMI, “Participants realize the overall
benefit their collaboration will have — to schools, students, the
industry, and even the economy, and they’re willing to work
together to achieve it,” Ferrante says. “But they’re also local
employers, hiring from a pool of local workers. JumPPstart
efforts will foster the relationships that help build a pipeline for
She adds that while PMMI is helping to organize groups, each
group will rely on volunteers to accomplish its goals.
“Every locality is unique, and only local employers can truly
understand what will work in their area. For JumPPstart to work,
the feet on the ground need to be local,” she says.
The first two meetings took place outside Minneapolis and
Milwaukee. Richard Bahr, president & CEO, MGS Machine
Corporation, who hosted the Minneapolis-area meeting, says the
need is urgent.
“Our industry needs good, skilled staff to meet our growth
needs. Much of the training and infrastructure for education
of people is in place, but educators struggle to create interest
in their programs for new students. This has been a long-term
problem that is getting worse — parents and educators steering
children away from manufacturing careers,” says Bahr. “It’s a
long-term strategy, but we must begin sometime. Like now.”
To start a JumPPstart group in your area, contact Maria
Ferrante, PMMI: 703.243.8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASQ Report Provides In-Depth
View of Quality Worldwide
ASQ has released its “Global State of Quality Research:
Analysis, Trends, and Opportunities 2013” report that provides
greater insight into the way organizations around the world govern, manage, measure, and support the quality discipline.
“Analysis, Trends, and Opportunities 2013” is the second of
three reports being released as part of the ASQ Global State of
Quality Research, and it provides comparative data based on
organization location, sector, and size. The reports are based on
data collected from 1,991 organizations in 22 countries.
According to John Timmerman, chair of ASQ’s board of
directors. “This new report provides further context to the data
and provides comparisons based on region, industry,
and company size.”
To conduct the Global State of Quality Research, ASQ part-
nered with APQC, an internationally recognized resource for
process and performance improvement. The ASQ Global State of
Quality Research provides baseline data about the current state
of practices quality professionals and organizations use. This
research provides new information about the reality of the quali-
ty discipline with expansive results both in breadth and depth.