Basics of Manufacturing - Job Training Program

Start Building Your Future Today.

Missouri Enterprise has partnered with the State of Missouri and local job centers (EDC & Chambers) to address manufacturing workforce shortages through a training program. This joint effort offers the Basics of Manufacturing course for area residents to gain an entry-level understanding of manufacturing, the manufacturing industry and the required personal skills needed to succeed in a career in the the industry. During the course, topics covered include, blueprint reading, basic measuring, manufacturing processes, Lean principles, teamwork, communications, professional behavior, and basic problem-solving.


Why Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is one of Missouri's top industries, employing hundreds of thousands of Missourians. It also continues to grow, offering opportunities for job seekers to fill in-demand positions. If you enjoy working with your hands and technology, problem-solving, being a part of a team, AND earning a good living, this may be the career for you. The average wage in manufacturing is $57,000, which is $10,000 more than the state's average earnings. This industry also offers opportunities for additional training and to move up within the company. Your training doesn't have to stop here!


The Benefits. 

Individuals who successfully complete the course will take part in an interview process with area manufacturers on the last day of the sessions. Because so many companies are struggling to fill vacant entry-level positions, we anticipate there to be a high level of interest. To ensure your company has a spot at the table for these interviews, please reach out to the point of contact for the Job Centers below. Employers should be prepared to share information about their current workforce needs. The goal is to match these prospective workers with companies in a hiring position as soon as possible. Those who successfully graduate from the program will earn a Certificate of Completion. These ready-to-work participants could be the answer to filling entry-level manufacturing positions at many companies around Missouri and beyond!


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A Success Story from Last Year's Accelerated Program.

In February 2019, our instructor Dale Graves led a class at the Joplin Job Center where 12 area residents had enrolled in their course on the Basics of Manufacturing. These folks were looking for a better life for themselves and their families and turning to a career in manufacturing seemed to be a solid opportunity. After a week of instruction and just moments after receiving their Certificates of Completion, 6 area manufacturers were on the spot and interviewed every graduate. We are thrilled to report that all 12 individuals have been hired by these companies. Read the Joplin Globe's article.

Ready to Start?

Watch our recent webinar about how to enter the pipeline of talent that manufacturers hire from by attending a training program with Missouri Enterprise's top manufacturing experts, Mr. Dale Graves and Mr. Jamey Quelle.

As your advocate and partner in manufacturing, we are pleased to offer this service to you. Our success is dependent on the success of your company and we realize workforce shortages is the biggest challenge in the industry. We hope you will take part in this win, win, win opportunity! When interviewing these candidates, it is good to be reminded that we are at a time of nearly full employment and we are working with individuals who may have barriers such as transportation, child care, etc. As we continue to move towards full employment, recruiting workers without such barriers will be even more challenging. 

Despite some companies experiencing hiring freezes due to the pandemic, many manufacturers are needing to ramp up their workforce to keep up with production. In this webinar, we will highlight a workforce development program that we offer in joint coordination with job centers across the state to quickly train individuals for entry-level manufacturing positions. This five-day event is offered at NO COST to participating individuals as well as to manufacturers who interview and hire them. The presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum which includes blueprint reading, manufacturing concepts, soft skill development, Lean practices, and more. Additionally, we will have some guest speakers to share how this program works as well as how it helped their recruitment and retention efforts. Manufacturers are more desperate than ever to connect with skilled and motivated individuals. This course creates a pipeline of competent and eager workers who have a week of manufacturing skills and knowledge under their belts. It truly is a win, win, win for all involved.