Innovative Workforce Mobile Training Unit Will Visit Frankfort for Legislative Tour
FRANKFORT, KY - One of the country’s most innovative program for delivering workforce training – the Mobile Outreach Skills Training (M.O.S.T.®) program – will be highlighted at the State Capitol in Frankfort on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The M.O.S.T.® state-of-the-art mobile training unit (MTU) will also be available for tours. Developed by Time Wise Management Systems, the training program which comes to Kentucky from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida and Mississippi, has won widespread support for helping hundreds of unemployed workers obtain manufacturing jobs.
“We’re pleased to showcase the M.O.S.T.® mobile training program to Kentucky legislators,” said Dr. Claudia Follet, Director of Grants and Partnership Development for Time Wise. “Manufacturing jobs are out there for workers with the right skill set. Utilizing the MTU we can demonstrate how innovative solutions can help unemployed workers acquire good jobs, even in these tough economic times. At the same time, we ease the pain of the manufacturers seeking specialized qualified workers in a timely manner.
Utilized most recently by workforce training boards in Florida and Mississippi, the mobile training program, with a strong focus on recruiting veterans, women and minorities, brings together manufacturers who have job openings with applicants seeking employment. A two-week intensive customized training program is developed to teach trainees the skills needed by the employer. This customized approach has resulted in an extraordinarily high job placement rate of over 90 percent.
The M.O.S.T.® MTU is equipped with the latest industrial technology, offering participants a two-week intensive learning program on cutting-edge equipment. The mobility brings training to areas where jobs and potential employees are located, including an employer’s plant site.
“The program works with local manufacturers who help us determine what they need in terms of workers and skill sets. Then we know how to help them get the workforce they need. We train job applicants with our specialized mobile equipment on the site of their potential employer. Trainees acquire both the theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice to master the skills required by a company’s production process,” said Dr. Follett.
The mobile classroom on wheels offers several advantages over traditional worker training programs.
First, the training program can be customized to meet the needs of a particular employer. This shortens the length of time needed for trainees to become productive employees and increases the attractiveness of the training program for small manufacturers.
Second, the mobile training unit can be located at the employer’s facility or at a location that is convenient for trainees. This flexibility in training delivery is particularly important for rural manufacturers who may not be located near a community college or other training facility.
Third, participating employers commit to hiring trainees who successful complete the program. This enhances trainee motivation because participants know that a job with additional on-the-job training awaits them.
Information about the MO.S.T.® program will be provided to legislators at a luncheon sponsored by Time Wise Management Systems on Tuesday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex Legislative Dining Room. Tours of the MTU will commence at 12:30 p.m. outside the Capitol Annex.
Members of the media are invited to tour the MTU.
The M.O.S.T.® MTU will also be available for tours of manufacturing companies upon request. Please call Monique James to schedule a tour for your company at a later date.