Developing Training and Mentoring Programs for Veterans

This article is an excerpt from the July/August 2011 InTech magazine article, “The big picture” by Steve Pflantz.

From time to time, groups of workers are displaced and need to seek out a new profession. The Automation Federation (AF) is working with the Veterans Administration to develop training and mentoring programs for all veterans leaving military service. Leveraging ISA training and mentoring programs, the hope is to facilitate bringing veterans into the automation profession. The program, as developed, will lend well to being put in place for nearly any other group of displaced workforce, anywhere in the world.

The catalyst that truly brought all these pieces together, and also serves as a foundation for all workforce development activities, is the Automation Competency Model developed by AF in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) a little over three years ago. Efforts by the then new AF brought AF to the DOL as they were beginning the important initiative to reach out to industry professionals for joint development of competency models. These competency models were to outline the education and skills needed for workers in all areas of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. The goal was to have professional organizations and professionals define what education and skills are needed, document that information, and make it available to students and educators at all levels as a guide for training programs and education curriculum. Based on outlines of the CCST and CAP program, it is no surprise it hit the mark to now clearly define the automation profession.

Any engineer or technical person will tell you if you can define it, then it can be built. Definition provides clarity, and so the puzzle came together in what is now a comprehensive and growing program within ISA and AF.

Read the full article  at InTech magazine.
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