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VMA Human Resources Workshop Focuses on the Next Generation of Workers

At VMA’s first-ever Human Resources Workshop: Promoting Valve Careers to the Next Generation, member HR professionals gathered in Arlington, VA, Nov. 9-10, to hear from recruiting experts on how to attract and develop manufacturing talent, build a strong workforce, employ essential mobile and social media tools, expand college presence, and employ best practices in recruiting. In addition, a panel of VMA’s own Young Valve Professionals (YVPs) gathered to share their experiences as part of the valve manufacturing workforce and offer insight on what it takes to appeal to the younger generation.


University of Kentucky Helps Students Prepare for Real World Engineering

Knowledge in instrumentation and control is critical in the process and manufacturing industries. However, graduating engineers are often lacking in these key areas. Even as universities deemphasize instrumentation and control, industry is seeing a growing need for engineers with expertise in these areas. To address this challenge, the University of Kentucky (UK) Paducah Extended Campus program entered into a collaborative effort with a local equipment provider to provide formalized instruction in the chemical and mechanical engineering programs. The UK Paducah Extended Campus is an undergraduate education-focused extension of the main campus in Lexington where undergraduate students like Maxwell Croft and Emily Burkhart (pictured in headline photo) are engaged in an innovative project.

VMA, Manufacturers Work to Bridge the Skills Gap

Across the world of manufacturing, the talent gap is getting broader as top positions are vacated and companies struggle to entice qualified candidates. While there is no avoiding the mass exodus of retirees in the coming years, the Valve Manufacturers Association is focusing on developing a solution to the problem that is plaguing many valve manufacturing companies: how to find and attract talented new workers.

The Industry Comes Together at the 2015 Valve World Americas Show

The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston hosted the third iteration of Valve World’s North American trade show on July 15 and 16, a biennial event that brings together valve manufacturers and distributors to meet with valve users and other professionals interested in the educational offerings and a chance to examine and learn more about a wide variety of products.

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