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Onboarding Program

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. Topics are stand-alone, so participants can start the program at any point in the monthly schedule. The participant will need a computer with internet, video camera, and audio capabilities for the live and interactive sessions. If you don’t have a computer available for use, community resources are available. Let us know if you need help getting connected.

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.


This pilot for Manufacturing Career Readiness Training runs from August 2021 through January 2022. Download the complete schedule by clicking below.



Lisa Pustelak is an Employee Development Specialist and Strategic Business Advisor for NWIRC.
She is the previous Founder and CEO of LEDGE Enterprises and a Certified DDI Facilitator.

Qualifying Companies

This manufacturing soft-skills training pilot-program is specific only for North Central counties of Pennsylvania, including: Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter.

There is NO COST to manufacturing employers or employees, courtesy of a mini-grant from the DCED / North Central PREP COVID-19 Recovery Initiative.

Register Employees

If you are a company located in a North Central county of PA, you can enroll employees by completing and returning the registration form. The rolling schedule allows for flexibility of dates and times, and courses are
stand-alone so sessions can be taken in any order. If you are enrolling multiple employees, please complete a form for each.

Download the registration form below and return to mreichard@nwirc.org.

Download the complete program packet below, including program details, schedule, and registration form.

NWIRC's Manufacturing Career Readiness program packet

This program is offered in partnership with Workforce Solutions of North Central PA.

Funding provided by a mini-grant from the DCED / North Central PREP COVID-19 Recovery Initiative.