Attracting and Retaining Quality Jobs in Manufacturing

When:  Feb 15, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Rhode Island Section

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The Department of Commerce has created a toolkit offering Manufacturers a detailed look at 8 key drivers to move the needle on stronger attraction, retention, and growth of the American Manufacturing Workforce. Rooted in the Baldrige Excellence Framework, this toolkit offers concrete insights for ownership, management, and human resources professionals to consider. In this discussion, we will review the tool, its 8 core drivers, and best practices learned by the MEP national network thus far.

Aarin Clemons joined Polaris MEP in 2021 as Workforce Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Manager as he took on leading roles in key initiatives such as the Fast Track To Manufacturing program. Before joining our team he most recently served as General Manager and Brand + Culture Director for The Dean Hotel. Recognized by the Rhode Island Hospitality & Tourism Association in 2017 as the Emerging Leader of the Year, he brings operational skills proven in both in-house and public-facing initiatives. The United Way named him a “Champion of Adult Learning” in 2019 in honor of the adult learning programming he created for The Dean Hotel. Aarin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.


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