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Siemens Backs Job Training Programs

Siemens Backs Job Training Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Siemens Backs Job Training Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Siemens Charlotte, North Carolina Plant

March marked a continued easing in jobless numbers. The Labor Department announced today the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent, with 216,000 jobs added. The numbers paint a bright picture, but for many of the unemployed things still look pretty bleak.

Being told there are jobs available isn“™t the same as finding them. “Help wanted” signs may be in abundance, but require skills and education job hunters often lack.

Siemens recognizes the Catch-22 many are in. In an effort to fill the more than 3,000 open positions at Siemens Corporation, the company recently launched the “Where the Jobs Are“ campaign.

Designed to draw awareness to job training programs, Siemens is working with universities, community colleges and technical and trade schools to inform and advise job seekers of training tools necessary to attain the needed skills.

“It has become commonplace in America to read about companies moving their jobs and operations overseas, in search of less expensive pastures, but Siemens recently spent nearly $200 million to build a world-class facility, to produce gas turbines in Charlotte, N.C.,” said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens Corporation. “This new site will create nearly 1,000 new jobs and more than 2,000 indirect ones. We are now looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who want to work for an innovation and technology leader and we will train them for these jobs of the future by partnering with local educational institutions to create programs designed specifically for these open positions.”

Open positions at the Charlotte plant include engineers and those with skills in machinery, welding, mechanical assembly, procurement, quality inspection and project management.

Siemens backed up its pledge to promote education with a recent $4.3 million grant to the University of North Carolina“™s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center program. The pledge funds engineering scholarships and research into Smart Grid technology and precision manufacturing.

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Written by Neel Mehta

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