CORPORATE CULTURE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, critical topics for our industry, are addressed at the AWFS®Fair. Where are you finding your skilled workers? How are you training your employees? How are you attracting top talent to your business? To find answers to these questions and more, put these sessions on your must-see list.
TU30: Building a Training Program for Your Workers
Tuesday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Scott Nelson, Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) and Bruce Spitz
Are you looking to create your own in-house training program? This ‘nuts & bolts’ session will show you how to get started, and will help you create a template for your own business using the WCA Skill Standards as one of your reference manuals. Read more.
TU41: Looking for New Woodworking Hires? How to Build A New Hire Pipeline
Tuesday, July 25, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Mark Smith, Reed Custer High School
This session will give you pipeline building insights from a 30-year veteran of the wood industry and the education system. Hear about 32 different ways you can positively affect how the education system views your industry to begin building a pipeline for new woodworking hires. Read more.
TU46: SkillsUSA in the Wood Industry
Tuesday, July 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion, Moderated by Doug Hague
Panelists: Kristine Cox, Saul Martin, Clay Mitchell, Charlie Phillips
Hear from a panel of wood industry professionals who work with SkillsUSA. Learn more about this CTSO and why it is so important to our future talent pipeline. Find out how you can get involved in chapters and student skill competitions in your area. Read more.
WE52: Defining Your Company Culture
Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Paul Downs, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers
Downs will share how he has successfully defined his company culture. Around 2012, he decided to figure out the culture he wanted, write it down, and tell his employees about it. Attend this session to learn how to document your company culture and use it as a hiring strategy. Read more.
WE59: Employees, Your Greatest Asset. What are You Doing to Attract and Keep Them?
Wednesday, July 26, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Doug Hague, AWI
Many struggle with talent, how to attract it and how to retain it. Room discussion will be facilitated to hear successful attempts and failed attempts. Come learn together. Read more.
WE69: Building a Work Culture that Inspires
Wednesday, July 26, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Brady Lewis, Allmoxy
How do we retain employees who may be feeling burnt out, looking in new directions, and attract high-quality new hires? Brady will share small changes that can be implemented in businesses (of all sizes) to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. Read more.
TH81: Employee Growth and Retention
Thursday, July 27, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Marc Sanderson, INNERGY
Do you feel the challenge in attracting, training and retaining employees? Join us as we dig into John Kotter’s Change Model and how it impacts company culture. We will look at how to creative a strategic vision, influence change, empower your employees to succeed and lead your organization to success. Read more.
TH88: Unlimited Quality Employees! How Spending One Hour a Week Will Keep You Staffed Now, and in the Future
Thursday, July 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
John Stearns, Amity School District
It’s time to think differently about hiring. John will show you how you can spend an hour a week mentoring future employees in a local high school. Read more.
TH91: Harvest What You Plant: How to Grow Your Own Employees
Thursday, July 27, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Kelly Victor-Burke, Burke Architectural Millwork (BAM)
This session will showcase the Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program that Victor-Burke created because of her own need for skilled workers. Read more.