Success Story - Livonia Youth Open House

Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Written by Livonia WIOA Youth Team

Earlier this year EDSI hosted a Youth Program Open House at the Michigan Works! Livonia Service Center.

The goal of the Open House was to introduce the Youth Program to members of the community and connect with local youth who may be eligible for the program. EDSI’s Youth Program staff organized the event, which included an introduction to the WIOA Youth Program, employment and educational resource displays, career readiness games, a walking taco station and a raffle with lots of great prizes!

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The Day the Meatballs Ran Out - A Cautionary Tale About Employee Empowerment

Monday September 11th, 2017 at 2:00pm
Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development

One day, I stopped by a local sandwich shop on the way home from work with the intent of grabbing a quick bite to eat. I proceeded to order a foot-long meatball marinara sub and waited for the employee to ladle the meatballs onto the sub bun. After his second scoop, you could hear the sound of the metal ladle scraping the bottom of the container. A panicked look swept over the employee’s face as he explained that they were out of meatballs.

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WIOA - Are You Ready for One-Stop Center Certification?

Tuesday September 5th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist

WIOA requires that all One-Stop Centers (American Job Centers) leverage resources and program activities to support a workforce system designed to deliver and improve job and career options for workers and jobseekers while meeting the needs of businesses. WIOA was designed and regulations were developed to promote program enhancements by requiring mandated services and encouraging colocation of partners and service providers by leveraging resources to better serve customers.

WIOA requires that Local WDBs successfully execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with all required mandated and other partner agencies. It also requires the completion of Certification of all One-Stop Centers in accordance with federal, state and local policies.

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Case Study: Development of Operator and Maintenance Training Curriculum for a Transportation Equipment Manufacturer

Tuesday August 29th, 2017 at 11:05am
Written by Ken Mall - Consulting Managing Partner

Over the past several years, discussion about alternative transportation options has increased. Alternative transportation refers to commuting in any way other than driving alone, including public transportation.

Speaking of public transit, last year EDSI worked on a significant project with Brookville Equipment Corporation – an American manufacturer of powered transportation solutions who specializes in mining, tunneling, locomotives and streetcars.

Although Brookville excelled at producing quality equipment and systems, they struggled with developing the required transit industry-standard training materials needed for mechanics and maintenance workers. Brookville’s need for professional and detailed training materials was crucial for the streetcar operators and technicians using the equipment. Specifically, they needed to understand how to troubleshoot, repair and maintain their new machines and equipment.

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Why Your Company Should Consider an Apprenticeship Program

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Michelle Knierim - Regional Consultant

With more and more Baby Boomers reaching the age of 65 every day, experienced manufacturing and skilled trades workers as well as employees in many other industries are leaving the workforce and taking crucial skills knowledge with them. That’s where EDSI comes in … we work with companies to identify and capture this critical institutional knowledge (job skills) before these workers leave in order to pass it on to “apprentices” who can effectively bridge the skills gap.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Ninety-eight percent of CEO’s at 126 major U.S. corporations surveyed believe skills gaps threaten the sustainability of their business.*

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