Allison Moux

Manufacturers Should Consider Becoming an ‘Employer of Choice’

Earlier this month, Catalyst Connection released the “Manufacturing Employment Demand Study” as part of its Making Your Future initiative to support manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and gain a better understanding of the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought after the regions’ employers. So what does that mean for employers? […]

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Need for Manufacturing Employees Critical

Industry Today: https://industrytoday.com/article/need-for-manufacturing-employees-critical/ By Petra Mitchell, Catalyst Connection A survey of 111 manufacturers points towards significant hiring over the next five years – but not enough potential employees to meet demand. One of the manufacturing sector’s biggest open secrets is that companies are in serious need of workers. The workforce shortage crisis has been looming for […]

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The jobs are here. Where are the workers?

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh Between 2011 and 2016, manufacturing employment in the Pittsburgh region dropped by nearly five percent, even as manufacturing sales rose year after year. The jobs are there, but workers with the right training are not. The numbers come from a new report from Catalyst Connection, an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting small-scale manufacturers. The report, […]

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Catalyst Connection Releases Making Your Future Manufacturing Employment Demand Study

PGHTECH FUSE Catalyst Connection, which has been helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses for more than 28 years, has announced the release of the Making Your Future™ Manufacturing Employment Demand Study. The study supports manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and aims to better understand the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought […]

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Introducing the NEW Catalyst Connection Website

Catalyst Connection has launched our new redesign of www.catalystconnection.org – and we are excited to introduce you to our new look! The redesign of the website includes a clean design and improved menu functionality that will allow you to the more easily find the information most relevant to you. It also has a fully responsive design, making it easy to navigate […]

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Study Release: Manufacturing Employment Demand Study

Catalyst Connection is releasing the “Manufacturing Employment Demand Study” as part of its Making Your Future initiative to support manufacturing job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania and to better understand the current and projected demand for workers and the skill sets sought after the regions’ employers. Click here to download the Manufacturing Employment Demand Study. Key goals of […]

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Help high potential employees craft a leadership development path

Most manufacturing companies in the region are in growth mode right now, helped at least in part by a strong economy. Any gray skies on the horizon most often involves the challenge of finding enough good people to help you capture the moment. Creating additional capacity is always a challenge when markets are expanding. Additional […]

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For Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Day, local factories open their doors to students

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh As Pittsburgh increasingly becomes known as a hub of robotics and new machine technology, local leaders are faced with a vexing problem: Who is going to build all this stuff? Experts call it the “skills gap” — a situation where good jobs are available, but the local workforce doesn’t have the […]

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Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers cite applicants’ lack of basic skills in survey

By Stephen Huba, TribLive A majority of Southwestern Pennsylvania businesses responding to an ongoing Catalyst Connection survey say “basic employability skills” are the No. 1 deficiency of job applicants. About 54 percent of the businesses that have responded to the Manufacturing Employment Demand Study ranked skills such as attendance, timeliness and work ethic as the chief things […]

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Who are this year’s Tech 50 honorees?

By Bill O’Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Technology Council has unveiled its annual list of the city’s top 50 technology leaders and innovators. For the past 22 years, the Tech 50 Awards have served as a celebration and a showcase for tech companies in the Pittsburgh region. Finalists are recognized across categories dedicated to innovators in fields […]

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