THE NEXT GENERATION OF MOLD MAKERS
TK Mold & Engineering, Inc. like many others was experiencing a shortage of skilled talent in manufacturing. Noticing this gap, we wanted to be proactive in workforce development and “grow our own”. Employees need to acquire knowledge and skills in order perform efficiently and accurately. A well-thought-out apprenticeship program and training were needed to execute the growth of the company.
TK MOLD SOLUTION
We hired a Director of Employee Development to implement an apprenticeship and training program. The U.S. Department of Labor and local community college became part of the TK Mold curriculum. All Employees are eligible to apply for the apprenticeship program. Once accepted, “on the job” training hours are logged and a specific curriculum for Mold Makers at the local community college is enforced. Apprentices are supervised and mentored throughout the entire process. We offer tuition reimbursement when criteria is met.
Investments in training TK Mold employees has benefited both employee and the company with optimal outcomes. Employees feel proud that their mold making capabilities are nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. Employees are more confident knowing that they are obtaining a skill that can take them farther in their careers. Retention rates are low because of the fact that employees are receiving support financially and their voices are being heard throughout the process. We have developed a culture of a younger workforce mixed in with veterans allowing us to be relevant for years to come.