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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EDSI Wins Award for Student-Run Positive Business Project

Monday August 21st, 2017 at 11:10am
Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing

In a previous blog, I wrote about how inspired I was after attending several powerful sessions on leadership, compassion and purpose at the fourth annual Positive Business Conference hosted by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at U-M.

Another exciting thing that happened at the conference was that EDSI received an award for its student-run positive business project, presented by the Center for Positive Organizations, a student-led initiative designed to identify and showcase business practices that create positive impact.

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Once Upon a Punch Clock - Invest like a Jack of your Trade

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Stephanie Edwards - WIOA Adult Program Coordinator

Imagine your company was down to the last figurative penny, and your final choices held the risk of being less than magical. Would you trade what little you had to invest in the future of your company? How could you be sure you were making a wise investment that was worth the risk?

Jack and the Beanstalk is a story about a young boy who is instructed to trade his final milk cow for a few coins. When Jack returns to his mother, she is disappointed that Jack has traded his cow for meagerly beans, not the coins that she expected. To the surprise of Jack and his mother, the beans turn into the giant beanstalk. Jack then climbs the beanstalk and overcomes the obstacle of the Giant in the clouds to acquire more gold than he could have hoped for!

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What Words Describe your Employer Brand?

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development

Imagine that I gave you a giant swig of truth serum, and then asked you what it’s like to work for your employer. What words would you use to describe the company culture, your work environment, your boss, your co-workers, etc.?

Now, imagine I did the same thing with dozens of your co-workers, and captured all of the responses.

What do you think the most common themes, descriptive words and adjectives would be?

That is your “employer brand,” and it can make or break your company.

Not surprisingly, studies have shown that employer brand can significantly impact a company’s ability to recruit new employees and retain their current employees. It also impacts how engaged their current employees are.

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How to Build Your Employer Brand and Why it’s Crucial to Your Business

Monday August 7th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Jim Bitterle - Consulting Managing Partner

Have you ever asked your employees, “What’s it like to work here?” For many of our clients, the answers seem to either reassure or surprise them. From a management perspective, this question offers meaningful insight into whether or not the company is living up to its brand image. What is brand image, you ask?

Brand image is how the brand is actually perceived by consumers; brand identity is the way a business wants consumers to perceive its brand. One thing is certain: Only those who have a clear and consistent employer brand will win the talent war.

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Success Story - God's Precious Treasures

Tuesday August 1st, 2017 at 12:50pm
Written by Livonia PATH Team

On September 8, 2016, EDSI partnered with Patricia Simmons, LLMSW, from God’s Precious Treasures, a local Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) provider, to host Mommy/Daddy Day at the Michigan Works! Livonia Service Center’s PATH Office. MIHP (http://www.michigan.gov/mihp/) provides home visitation support and care coordination for pregnant women and infants on Medicaid. Ms. Simmons conducts presentations at the Livonia PATH Office to share information about MIHP and the resources available through her agency’s team of Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Nutritionists. They offer services for Childbirth and Parenting Education, Psychosocial Counseling, Housing, Breastfeeding Education, Employment Referrals, Food Bank Memberships, Baby Items and more.

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