Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

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What is the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership?

The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP) is a collaborative initiative to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Calumet Region of Illinois (which includes Chicago’s south side and south suburban Cook County).  The CGMP will develop the skills of the local workforce to meet the labor needs of Calumet region manufacturing companies, with an emphasis on green skills, industries and manufacturing practices.  The Calumet region is already attractive to manufacturers due to its location at the center of the country and its significant intermodal transportation infrastructure.  Ensuring that the region also boasts a strong labor force with the skills needed by today’s manufacturers will help keep existing employers in the region and attract new and relocating companies.
The CGMP uses a Workforce Partnership model to implement its work.  Workforce Partnerships utilize a dual customer approach to build career advancement pathways for low-skilled workers and meet employer demands.  Workforce Partnerships develop deep, long-lasting relationships among employers; the public workforce system; and education, training, and support service providers, organizing them to provide a continuum of education, training, career coaching, asset development, job placement, job retention and advancement, and support services.   
What are the CGMP’s Projects?

The CGMP’s first project is the Machining Training Initiative (MTI), through which the CGMP will:

  Create inter-college manufacturing and machining training programs for unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers in the Calumet region.
  Support career advancement through training curriculums that lead to Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials and college credit for students, and create systems for inter-college recognition of credits earned.
  Engage local manufacturing companies and trade organizations to ensure that the programs developed meet employers’ labor needs.
  Provide training for 131 participants that leads to 175 credentials earned and 93 participants placed in or advancing in training-related positions with local manufacturing companies.
  Provide a contextualized bridge program, support services and case management to ensure that lower-skilled and non-traditional manufacturing workers have the necessary resources and supports to access and succeed in these training and employment opportunities.
The MTI is generously funded in part through a 3-year, $850,000 Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant from the US Department of Labor.  The grant is a sub-award of a national award made by DOL to Jobs for the Future to implement green jobs training programs in 7 cities around the country.  Additional funding will be leveraged through a variety of resources, including the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITA) for
qualified participants.
Who are the CGMP partners?

The following partners have come together to plan and implement the Machining Training Initiative.  As the MTI moves forward and as the CGMP expands to take on other projects, additional partners may be added.

  Training Partners:  Daley College, Prairie State College, South Suburban College
  Employer Engagement: South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
  Participant & Job Placement Services:  OAI, Inc.  
  Public Workforce Partners:  Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, Chicago
Workforce Investment Council, Cook County Works
  Program Facilitation: Chicago Jobs Council, The Partnership for New Communities  
What is the role of employers?

Employers and industry partners will help identify the necessary labor skills and competencies needed, which will inform program design and curriculum development.  They will also provide input on labor market and economic trends, based on their experience in their respective industry sectors.  Current industry partners include, Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant, the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, and Kay Manufacturing Company.
How will the CGMP engage the public workforce system?

The local workforce systems in both Chicago and Cook County are critical to the success of the MTI.  At the same time, this program provides an opportunity for the local workforce system to gain recognition on a national program and to begin to engage in inter-jurisdictional coordination.  As active partners in the CGMP, public workforce agencies will provide input into program design and information on labor market and industry needs.  The CGMP training providers will work collaboratively with the workforce agencies on to ensure that the integrated training program is eligible for Individual Training Account funding.  The workforce agencies will also help connect the CGMP to their one-stops for participant
recruitment and WIA-eligibility screening.   
What training will be provided?

Training, which will begin in January 2012, will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in manufacturing skills that leads to employer-recognized MSSC and NIMS credentialing.  Courses will prepare students to start or advance in today’s high-demand manufacturing occupations such as: punch press operator, manual machine operator, production technician for molding and casting, CNC operator
trainee, quality assurance inspector, CNC machine operator, CNC machinist, CNC programmer trainee, quality assurance technician, factory automation technician, and CNC programmer.
Who is eligible for training?

Unemployed, dislocated and incumbent worker adults over the age of 18 may be eligible for the
training* .  The CGMP will prioritize adults who live in the south side of Chicago and south suburban Cook County.  The CGMP is also committed to serving Veterans, women, and other non-traditional manufacturing workers.  Bridge programs and basic skills training will be made available to those who need to upgrade their skills in order to meeting the minimum entry requirements for the occupational training.

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