Legislators Recognized as Manufacturing Workforce Champions
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association recently honored two Manufacturing Workforce Champions – Sen. Paul Anderson (R – Plymouth) and Rep. Barb Haley (R – Red Wing).
The Manufacturing Workforce Champion Awards were given out at the February 23 Member Program, which featured former Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Sen. Anderson was recognized for authoring the Youth Skills Training Program and the Workforce Development Scholarship Program.
Rep. Haley was recognized for her work on the Youth Skills Training Program legislation and for engaging employers and school districts to participate in the program. Also, Haley was recognized for authoring the Workforce Development Scholarship Program.
The Manufacturing Workforce Champion awards recognize their
work to get the Youth Skills Training legislation passed last year, and their continued work to encourage further development of legislation to support workforce development programs in the state of Minnesota.
“Workforce development is a key issue for the MPMA. Our organization has been deeply involved in efforts to train the skilled workforce for many, many years,” said Executive Director Amy Walstien.
“Most recently, we embarked on a legislative journey to drive solutions to problems manufacturers were facing bringing students into shop-floor internships and apprenticeships,” she continued, “We championed legislation last session to pass a new Youth Skills Training program that will now facilitate getting high school students into those shop-floor experiences.”