August 8, 2013
It is necessary for those who want to get ready for a potential job in manufacturing to start job training, according to Russell Johnson, president of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
Recruitment for a class to become certified in basic manufacturing skills is now ongoing, he said. The training is taking place conveniently at the Regional Technology Center in Holly Springs located at 1180 Highway 311.
Information technology center director Ken Robinson said people interested in getting jobs in manufacturing need to come register now to get in line for certification in workforce training. It takes several months for individuals to go through the skills assessment process and to learn new job skill sets, he said. A first class of about 20 is being recruited for this effort.
Marshall County and the City of Holly Springs hope to help individuals interested in qualifying for jobs at Roxul, the new stone wool insulation manufacturing facility under construction in the county. It opens next year, and recruiting for employment begins months in advance of opening.
Johnson said IDA wants Marshall and Benton county residents to get some of these new manufacturing jobs coming to the county. A wave of manufacturing and other job opportunities is expected to open up in the county over the next few years due to high interest in industrial and warehousing companies locating in the county.
Those who enroll for the basic skills training for manufacturing will first take a reading and math assessment on the computer. Technicians at the IT center are on hand to help with this.
Assessment takes place once monthly at the center, Robinson said.
Individuals have a score to meet in order to move on to the job training for Roxul. They can retake the assessment as often as needed in order to pass with a satisfactory score for manufacturing.
There is a $10 fee for the assessment test and a $25 fee for basic skills class for manufacturing, he said.
Several local high tech companies have hired from pools of individuals who have passed the basic skills and other skills courses.
“An earned certification and letter gives prospective employees a step up,” Robinson said.
Specific training in forklift, squeeze lift and basic and advanced welding and home wiring is already available at the IT center.
“This training will apply to all other industries and is focused on industries near us,” Johnson said. “Prospective employees will not have to travel out of the county to receive training. This training will help you get a foot in the door if you don’t get hired at the stone wool facility.”
Other classes offered at the IT center include basic computer. Individuals interested in office work or office assistant employment can get a start on workforce preparation locally. There will be job opportunities for those who have experience or who already have some training at the community colleges.
Johnson also reminded prospective employees that drug testing is required for employment in these industrial jobs.
“This is one of the simple things you hope a person knows,” he said.
Drug testing is routine once a person applies and is accepted for a job in most companies.
Bill Mobley, executive director for the Marshall County IDA office, said the county is getting the word out that it is trying to educate for job preparedness.
“Looking to the future, we know the jobs are coming here,” said Justin Hall with IDA. “We will work with industries to provide skill sets they need.”
“Roxul is a reality,” Johnson said. “There will be jobs.”
For further information on workforce training locally, contact Ivivian Reed at 662-252-1488, extension 1101.
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