The United States has people without jobs, but it also has jobs without people – over six million of them. Why can’t those jobs be filled? Because job candidates lack the required skills. We call this situation the skills gap. With millions of Americans unemployed – and millions of open jobs – the business community is taking the initiative to close this skills gap.
At a recent symposium hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce entitled, America Working Forward: Modernizing Work and Learn Pathways, Joanne McInnerney, Novelis North America’s Vice President of Human Resources, participated in a panel discussion with other business leaders where she shared Novelis’ employer-led solutions to closing the skills gap—solutions that are benefiting workers, Novelis, and the communities where we live and operate.
“At Novelis, to meet the growing demands of our business, we need our talent to stay and new talent to join us,” said McInnerney. “In our business, you can’t rely on having a pipeline of skilled labor; we have to help build our unique skills and do everything we can to grow and expand people interested in gaining those skills.”
Through various efforts, including Novelis’ Engineering Development Program, apprenticeships and multiple retraining initiatives underway at our facilities around the world, Novelis is investing in its current workforce to ensure that employees have the skills required and training necessary to evolve with the ever-changing demands of our business and our customers.
“In addition to investing in our current workforce, we are also investing in the next generation of engineers and manufacturing professionals through our commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. By exposing young people to manufacturing at an early age and building an awareness of the sector, we are inspiring more interest in the field with the end goal of creating a future pipeline of skilled talent for Novelis and the country.”
To watch the panel discussion in its entirety, click here.