Week in Review – September 7, 2013

On September 7, 2013, in News 2013, by Mark Norris

Labor Day and the week following presented opportunities for state and local officials to explore what can and is being done to fill jobs that are available but for which trained workers are in short supply. The LEAP program, enacted earlier this year, was our focus in West Tennessee as Governor Haslam ramped up the Drive to 55 with an event in Nashville on September 4. LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) will not only lay the foundation for the cooperative effort of government, higher education and businesses looking for skilled workers for purposes of providing on-the-job apprenticeship training, but it will enable job training to be compensated without interfering with the student’s financial assistance. The cooperative training will count as part of an approved curriculum toward a meaningful certificate or degree, effectively enabling Tennesseans to simultaneously work, earn and learn. These initiatives were discussed during “A Conversation about Work” at the University of Memphis and in the community at Hi-Speed Industrial Service in Millington where on-the-job training is taking on new significance.

Back to school for the Shelby County Legislative Delegation as University of Memphis hosts "A Conversation about Work" during Labor Day Week.

Back to school for the Shelby County Legislative Delegation as University of Memphis hosts “A Conversation about Work” during Labor Day Week.

"A Conversation about Work." Kevin Roper introduces panel on dual enrollment. (L-R) John Churchill, Diana Wilkerson, Dorsey Hopson, Dr. William Akey.

“A Conversation about Work.” Kevin Roper introduces panel on dual enrollment. (L-R) John Churchill, Diana Wilkerson, Dorsey Hopson, Dr. William Akey.

Introducing Larry Gibson, Plant Manager, Unilever. Southwest Tennessee Community College trained hundreds for employment which made Unilever's early expansion in Covington possible.

Introducing Larry Gibson, Plant Manager, Unilever. Southwest Tennessee Community College trained hundreds for employment which made Unilever’s early expansion in Covington possible.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips and I toured Hi-Speed Industrial Service of Millington after our "Conversation about Work" during Labor Day Week.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips and I toured Hi-Speed Industrial Service of Millington after our “Conversation about Work” during Labor Day Week.

With the Hi-Speed Industrial Service family in Millington, TN.

With the Hi-Speed Industrial Service family in Millington, TN.

 Commissioner Phillips and me with Hi-Speed's Ben Buffington and Mark Burke. Looking at Hi-Speed hoists.

Commissioner Phillips and me with Hi-Speed’s Ben Buffington and Mark Burke. Looking at Hi-Speed hoists.

 Unilever's Larry Gibson and "The Journey to Ice Cream" at University of Memphis "Conversation about Work."

Unilever’s Larry Gibson and “The Journey to Ice Cream” at University of Memphis “Conversation about Work.”

 

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