Talent acquisition is a hot topic in North America, as manufacturers recover from the Great Recession. One old-fashioned model -- for companies to train their own workers -- is starting to get attention. Blow molding machinery company Bekum America Corp. is one company that's been doing apprentice training for a long time. Today WLIX TV in Lansing, Mich., did a feature on Bekum's program, which has attracted the attention of the Michigan Manufacturers Association -- quite a feat given that Bekum is a fairly small manufacturer compared to the automotive companies in Michigan. Plastics News has mentioned the program before -- check out this 2006 story on company executive Gottfried Mehnert, which mentions that the company has become a leader in Michigan's School to Registered Apprenticeship program. Bekum's program is a partnership with Ferris State University and Lansing Community College. Watch PlasticsNews.com and our print edition in the next few days for a feature on another apprenticeship-type program, involving Milacron LLC. And for more information on workforce issues, check out the agenda for our upcoming Plastics News Executive Forum in Florida -- talent acquisition is a special emphasis at the event this year.
Bekum cited for apprentice program
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