Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center training for manufacturing jobs
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The "help wanted" signs are out for hundreds of manufacturing jobs in Kentuckiana, but employers say they're having trouble finding qualified people to fill them. WDRB has found a program with the mission of changing that.
Some of the jobs offer $12 to $25 an hour. That's why the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is offering monthly training classes.
One of the companies is the growing business Misa Metal Fabricating, INC.
"Our specialty is to supply metal-fabricated parts [to the] forklift industry, material handling excavators, lawnmowers and other heavy duty manufactures," said Mike Talis, Company President.
Talis says that's why they're always hiring. "Especially in the last several years, we see more and more need in hiring skilled labor."
Misa and other manufacturing companies have been successful finding the help they need at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center.
"The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is offering monthly classes," says Cindy Read, Deputy Director for Kentuckiana Works.
Those monthly classes are offered at the office on Rochester Drive in South Louisville.
"Manufacturing is a great career and a lot of people don't know about it and so we want to expose people to all the different options, there are many career paths in manufacturing," explained Read.
Read says most of those career paths have multiple positions. "A number of our employers have talked about they have a big need right now for welders and for industrial maintenance technicians."
And perhaps the best part - for anyone interested - is the cost.
"If you qualify and you can get into the class, there is no cost. We either have federal dollars to pay for that or we have private funds," said Read.
Meanwhile, the "help wanted" sign is coming soon at Misa, but not just anyone can walk in the door and get a job, that's the company is counting on the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center to help find the right people.
"More and more it requires skilled labor, people that know programing, people that know machine operations, people that have maintenance skills," said Talis.
Orientations are held every Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
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