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  • Date: January 29, 2020
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Hosted By: Plastics Industry Association, Urban Institute, and U.S. Department of Labor

What are the issues surrounding workforce development in the U.S. plastics industry? Is it simply a skills gap - a lack of qualified workers, an ongoing issue facing the manufacturing sector - resulting in unfilled positions? Join us on Wednesday, January 29, as we examine the profile of the plastics workforce and outline key short and long-term recommendations to ensure a sustained supply of skilled workers for companies in the U.S. plastics industry.

Topics include:

Current workforce development efforts led by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)

Workforce development is a dichotomous issue. We'll walk you through resources we've recently developed on hiring trends, workforce training requirements, and incentives to understand the micro and macroeconomic issues of workforce development in the plastics industry.

Employing veterans in your state

Veterans are a potential labor source for the plastics industry. Through the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) and transition assistance program (TAP) veterans are a potential labor source for the plastics industry.

Developing your own registered apprenticeships that yield highly skilled, adaptable workers

There are high returns to companies investing in apprenticeships, especially a DOL registered apprenticeship program. Learn about opportunities to partner with the Urban Institute and drawing on their expertise in creating skill frameworks and providing funding to offset employer costs.

This webinar is a closed event for Plastics Industry Association members only. Members of the media are not permitted to attend. 

Speakers

Eric Asmussen, Regional Veterans' Employment Coordinator, Office of Strategic Outreach, Veteran's Employment and Training Services (ETS), U.S. Department of Labor
Diana Elliott, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
Robert Lerman, PhD, Institute Fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
Perc Pineda, PhD, Chief Economist, PLASTICS
Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO, PLASTICS