ECONference 2015

May 13 - May 14, 2015
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Parx Casino
2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA‎, 19020 (map)
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“Local Manufacturers struggle with an aging employee demographic, a shortage of passionate, trainable employees and perception”

That is a consistent message that is being heard from local manufacturers.  As you know, manufacturing in Bucks County is not only alive and well but growing.  But perception-the old and outdated stigma of “dirty, dark and dangerous” challenges local manufacturers as they attempt to recruit new talent that is science, technology, engineering and math savvy.

While education moves forward with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) it is the manufacturers who have the job openings that require the ability to utilize the interaction of the four disciplines of STEM to solve problems.  However, much of your potential future talent and employees don’t even know the opportunities that local manufacturing has to offer.

  • Manufacturers highlight that their biggest issue impeding their ability to show record growth is a severe lack of a passionate, trainable workforce-eager to listen and learn the complexities of technology.
  • Manufacturing in our region is often high tech and can require employees to embrace technology and understand delivering quality products by maximizing efficiency and labor force effectiveness.
  • Manufacturing today is lean, there is little time to train new employees in the STEM mechanics. But in STEM, these tools are embodied in the educational process. Action-based learning/problem-solving learning requires students and employees to think and solve problems.  More than ever manufacturers need people who will work through systems and figure out how and why it works.
  • Today’s manufacturing is about the ability to apply state of the art technology and tools which means it is less repetitive than what it used to be when it was just about “doing”.
  • This year at ECONference 2015, The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce is bringing manufacturing and education together to focus on how workforce issues impact economic development.

Join us on May 13th at ECONference 2015 at Parx East to participate in a business showcase that will focus on the new face of manufacturing, workforce needs and STEM career opportunities in Bucks County.  We are encouraging exhibitors to provide demonstrations and will provide platform space to show off your products or technology.  Demonstrations already slated include virtual training for welding, high-tech teaching tools, robotics demonstrations, exciting new technology that is changing our world and many other demonstrations.