This year marks the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a week-long event held by SkillsUSA to showcase a multitude of talents displayed by technical education students, teachers and business partners . There are dozens of workshops, educational sessions, and highly anticipated competitions in which students get a chance to prove their expertise in different trades that can range from electronics to culinary arts.
What is SkillsUSA?
SkillsUSA is a community of teachers, students and industry workers working toward a common goal of a more skilled workforce. Every year, SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000 students—including over 20,000 instructors who join as professional members. SkillsUSA combines personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics to provide a balanced framework for a rewarding future career.
Why SkillsUSA Matters to GP?
It's no secret that the search to fill manufacturing positions has become more and more difficult. According to new research from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, the United States faces a need for nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade with 2 million of them likely to remain vacant due to lack of skills. However, it is vital to recognize that this isn't because the manufacturing industry is dying—it is simply evolving due to advancements in technology. What better place to source great potential talent than the highly engaged attendees at NLSC?
“These students are our future employees, distributors and customers," said Tim Chatlos, Senior Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Building Products. “Our involvement in the SkillsUSA program gives us the ability to foster a cycle of mutual benefit, which will have lasting effects beyond this national competition."
In response to this transformation of the manufacturing world, Georgia-Pacific has partnered with SkillsUSA and provided $25,000 in wood products directly from GP's Building Products division to use in the SkillsUSA competition. GP is also currently exploring additional opportunities and potential investments in the near future to play a larger role in the progression of SkillsUSA.
Watch the video above to see a recap of last year's intense NLSC Week!