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  The NIST Manufacturing Extension Program for Kentucky

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Hiring and Retaining Good Employees

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In the course of a typical work week, I have the opportunity to talk with executives from manufacturers all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  I often ask these executives what they feel are their biggest challenges.  The challenge that I hear by far the most often is some form of “I would love to grow our business, but how do I find, hire, and retain good employees.”  Until now, there has been little that anyone could do to meet this challenge. 

In an effort to meet this challenge head on, Advantage Kentucky Alliance has established 2 programs to aid in acquiring good employees.  We have a simplified program as well as an intense program (make sure this links to both programs).

For the simplified program, interested companies would "host" a 1 day workshop that AKA would facilitate.  This workshop would include a high level introductory view of Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Problem Solving, VSM, etc.  In addition, the interested company would provide a tour of their facility and a condensed orientation.  AKA would work with various organizations such as Kentucky Military Affairs, Fort Knox, Fort Campbell, other branches of the military and other organizations with access to pools of potential employee candidates to fill the seats.  After this 1 day workshop, the company would have the ability to select those candidates that they are interested in hiring.

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For the intense program, candidates would receive an AKA certificate of learning for Manufacturing and OSHA 10 Certification.  The following would be included in the “Boot Camp” training by AKA.

Day 1     Workplace Skills

Day 2     Principles of Lean Manufacturing (101)

Day 3     5S System

Day 4     Quality 101 & OSHA 10

Day 5     OSHA 10 Continued

Day 6     Basic Shop Math

Day 7     Measurement for Manufacturing

Day 8     Effective Communication & Critical Thinking

Day 9     Blueprint Reading

Day 10   Problem Solving & Root Cause Analysis

AKA would work with various military and other organizations to fill the seats with interested and vetted candidates for hire.  After this 10 day workshop, the company would, again, have the ability to select those candidates for which they are interested in hiring. The candidates who complete this program would be able to bring their certificate of completion to any manufacturer as a potential credential.


These programs can help deliver good, hard-working employees with the skills and abilities employers need to “hit the ground running” so they can be productive employees from DAY 1!

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If you have questions or would like more information about AKA’s Vetting For Hire Programs, you can contact Scott Broughton, AKA Center Director, at:  814-505-3786 or email him at: scott.broughton@wku.edu.  Or, to see more about any of the AKA services, you can look us up at: www.advantageky.org.

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