How often do you think about the future of your business and who will be waiting in the wings when you are ready to retire? Have you built a relationship with local colleges or universities to review potential graduates? That is a great place to recruit from, but we need to keep manufacturing visible to those high school students that don’t see college as an option.
A great place to find those students is by working the the Tech Ed department at your local high school. Chances are you will find at least a handful of hard working kids who just need an opportunity. So take some time to get to know your local Tech educators, talk to them about the students and find out what it is you can do to help support these young adults. Consider a company scholarship to give that student a little more formal education or offer an internship or part-time position to give them some experience. This person will most certainly remember what you did for them and the reward may be your next outstanding employee.
I’m sure as you look back, people have opened doors for you, so think of it as your turn to give back to our youth. Talk with your high school Tech educators and find out what you can do to help advance the workforce of tomorrow.