groninger discussed regional workforce development at Capitol Hill, DC

groninger was invited to join Federal Government representatives from the Education and Workforce committee as well as from Labor and Commerce at the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in a discussion about best practices for work force and talent pipelines development. The meetings were organized by The National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United and monitored by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Lothar Burger, Managing Director of groninger’s operation in the USA and Mick Fisher, Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, Carolinas HealthCare System joined, Carrie Cook, Vice President of Talent Development and Economic Growth at the Charlotte Chamber to advocate for work-based learning opportunities during a conversation with Congressional members on the Hill. They asked for governmental support for work-based learning strategies including Pell Grants for youth and middle skilled worker credentials, apprenticeships and on-the-job training through the JOBS Act and PARTNERS Act.

During the meetings, all participants aimed to identify ways in which federal policy can better assist business in the endeavor of building and sustaining skilled labor resources in the US. Mr. Burger shared groninger’s experience in implementing an apprenticeship program to build its own talent pipeline. He informed the committees about groninger’s efforts in alliance with other local business such as Siemens and Bosch Rexroth and educative institutions like Central Piedmont Community College, Olympic and Fort Mill, SC High schools to align education to a specific set of skills in order to match talents to work and career opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing industry.

With the intention to serve as a catalyst of the expansion of apprenticeship programs, groninger is also an active member of the NC Apprenticeship Committee and participates in local career development events such as “Career Discovery Day” Expo as well as in forums and discussion panels with the Manufacturers Council, the Charlotte City International Cabinet, Charlotte Works, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools among others.

groninger is honored to have been selected to voice the current ups and downs in the Advanced Manufacturing area and present ideas that may support skill development, workforce policy and work based learning opportunities.

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