Date: March 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Cost: $149 ($126 if registered by 2/16)
Location: Virtual

NWIRC’s Manufacturing Career Readiness Training serves as an extension of your company’s onboarding process – by providing employees basic career readiness, communication, problem-solving skills, and motivation. The program is career-focused versus job-focused – with the ultimate goal of helping individuals successfully integrate into your company’s culture and become long-term, loyal employees. The training is also beneficial for employees who need to enhance their soft skills.

The training includes a series of (4) weekly virtual 90-minute sessions held via Zoom. Participants will need a computer with internet, video camera, and audio capabilities for the live and interactive sessions.

Manufacturing Career Readiness Training Topics

Manufacturing 101:
Review terminology and concepts commonly found in the manufacturing environment (such as lean, quality management, 8 wastes, certifications, etc.).

Communication and Conflict:
Basic essential communications skills, dealing with conflict, and working with people who have different communication styles.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking:
Provides an understanding of why we think the way we do and various ways to become better problem solvers.

Goal Setting:
Setting personal and professional goals to build a career versus showing up for a paycheck. Helping participants to find their ‘why’ and letting it be the driver to enjoy work and constantly improve skills.

Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development SpecialistLisa Pustelak joined NWIRC in 2018 as a Strategic Business Advisor and Employee Development Specialist. She is part of NWIRC’s team of business advisors serving manufacturers in 13 counties of northwestern PA. Her main focus includes developing leaders and employees with coaching and providing onsite and public training programs on topics such as critical thinking, leadership development, communication skills, improvement kata, strategic planning and coaching. She has over 20 years’ experience working with small businesses, including ten years as the CEO of LEDGE Enterprises, a company she founded to help companies, Lead, Engage, Develop, Grow, and Empower their people. Lisa is a certified Balance Score Card Professional and DDI Facilitator.  She is a member of Women in Manufacturing, NTMA, National Speakers Association, and PA Business and Professional Women.

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