United Technologies Outlines Robust Workforce Development Program

By May 23, 2018Shopfloor Main

By 2025, American manufacturers will have more than 3.5 million high-skilled open jobs—but will struggle to fill more than half of them.

Fortunately, National Association of Manufacturers members like United Technologies are taking the lead and stepping up to help build the workforce of the future through big investments in new workforce development and training programs that will help develop the next generation of manufacturers.

Today, United Technologies announced it would hire 35,000 people in all 50 states and invest more than $15 billion in research and development and capital expenditures in the United States over the next five years alone.

But big expansion means a bigger workforce, which is why United Technologies also announced a game-changing investment in the way it develops employees.

United Technologies plans to ramp up investments in more than 30 U.S. workforce training programs across the nation, to help attract new workers and to help enhance the skills of its 67,000 employees.

These programs include apprenticeships, community college and high school partnerships and digital certificate programs, which help to inspire young adults and high school students and give them the tools they need to pursue careers in manufacturing. Participation in a development program often results in a job offer from United Technologies.

United Technologies will also continue to invest in its employees through professional development, with initiatives such as the Employee Scholar Program—an industry-leading, company-paid higher education program that has already enabled nearly 30,000 U.S. employees to earn a formal degree at zero cost.

“Our investments reflect our core belief that, similar to U.S. economic goals, United Technologies’ continued success will be dependent on jobs offering competitive pay, world-class manufacturing facilities and workforce education programs that enable employees to improve their skills and remain competitive in an increasingly digital economy,” said United Technologies Corporation Chairman and CEO Gregory J. Hayes.

Manufacturers are optimistic about the future, but with a widening skills gap, more needs to be done to build a next-generation workforce. The Manufacturing Institute and companies like United Technologies are working hard to make sure manufacturers can continue to grow, succeed and flourish for years to come.

Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee

Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute at The Manufacturing Institute
Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.

In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.

Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Carolyn is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Carolyn Lee

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