GE Appliances’ Greater Louisville Manufacturing Workforce Development Day Addresses Challenging Hiring Environment
Amatrol and Technical Training Aids recently partnered with GE for the first-ever Greater Louisville Manufacturing Workforce Development Day, which aimed to catalyze a strong hiring pipeline to aid manufacturing growth in Greater Louisville, and generate further awareness and engagement in manufacturing. GE donated $150,000 in Amatrol equipment, curriculum, and training to the Bullitt County Area Technology Center and Jeffersontown High School. Mayor Greg Fischer, GE President and CEO Chip Blankenship, Amatrol President and CEO Paul Perkins, and other community leaders took part in a press conference to announce the donation.
“Our mission with this donation is to familiarize high school students with modern manufacturing careers and allow them to explore manufacturing as a career choice,” said Perkins.
Manufacturing Workforce Development Day is a half-day manufacturing event for high schools students from Bullitt County and Jeffersontown High School. More than 30 students and educators heard from experts from the manufacturing field, met the current class of advanced manufacturing technicians, and toured GE Appliances’ dishwasher plant. Bullitt County and Jefferson County Public Schools are committed to getting students ready for manufacturing jobs, and the Manufacturing Workforce Development Day donation will catalyze further growth and development of their manufacturing training programs and students.
“One of the most significant problems we face is the lack of skilled applicants for manufacturing jobs,” said Blankenship. “GE Appliances is committed to putting the necessary resources and focus to ensure that our community can thrive in this manufacturing renaissance that is before us.”