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Written by Tim Waldo, UT CIS Workforce Development Specialist


Middle Tennessee Wage and Benefits Survey

Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association has a collaborative project underway with many partners throughout the mid-state to document the local wage and benefit structure in our communities. Geared towards Industrial and Manufacturing jobs, the survey will be conducted by Dr. Murat Arik at MTSU’s Business & Economic Research Center (BERC). Regional partners working together sent direct mail packets explaining the survey and the benefits in early January to over 1,600 companies.

E2E: Diversity/Equity and Inclusion Webinar Series

First Tennessee Development District will be hosting the Education to Employment (E2E) Summit this fall with two virtual sessions on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI).  A strength of the E2E summit is bringing different sectors together for conversation and learning.  In keeping with this format, you will hear from partners from various sectors across the region on this topic.

Coming in January 2021 - A New Initiative for Executive Manufacturing Leaders

Leadership does not happen in a vacuum. Leading others to produce, to excel, and to improve happens in many contexts and within complex, interconnected systems. In today’s business environment, the importance of organizations and individuals working with the same mission, vision, and goals will be critical to remaining competitive. Recognizing this, UT CIS is partnering with Dr. Rupy Sawhney and his team at the UT Center For Advanced Systems Research and Education (CASRE)* to deliver a leadership training certification specifically for C Suite leaders.

Smart Talent Systems October Workshops

2020 certainly has taught us a great deal. We learned that working together we could solve problems and make progress even when things are tough. In the first quarter of this year, when COVID-19 interrupted life, we learned something about the determination of Tennessee manufacturers. We also learned that our workers are resilient and can readily adapt to trying circumstances.

Apprenticeship TN

DID YOU KNOW? Apprenticeships have a great "Return on Investment" for companies with programs.  It is estimated a company's ROI is $1.46 for every $1 invested.  Also, most companies see a 94 percent retention rate after an apprentice completes its program.

One of the biggest challenges Tennessee employers face is bridging the skilled labor gap that hinders a company’s efforts to expand, innovate and thrive. Registered apprenticeship is a tried and proven method to overcoming this obstacle.

Manufacturers, Are You Ready For This?

By UT CIS Workforce Consultant, Tim Waldo / Originally posted on Tim Waldo's LinkedIn Blog

Gibson Brands Begins TWI Journey


Gibson Guitars UT CIS

by Solutions Consultant, Norma Wilcox

Gibson Brands, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians for years.

Upskill901 Workforce Summit

by Michael Codega, Solutions Consultant

Customer Highlight: Skilled Workforce

Abe Mbow Skilled Workforce and UT CIS


By Kellie May, CIS Communications Intern

“Over the next decade nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in two million of those jobs going unfilled,” reads The Manufacturing Institute’s report The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing.

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