Changing the Manufacturing Workforce

Bridging the skills gap and providing sustainable diversity practices

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE

DIVERSITY DIRECTLY AFFECTS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

• According to the McKinsey study “Why Diversity Matters,” companies are 15% more likely to generate above average profitability

• Companies with more racially and ethnically diverse employees have a 35% performance advantage vs companies relying on a “culture fit”

• Companies with gender-diverse executive teams in the highest quartile outperformed male-dominated companies by 21% in terms of EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes)

Addressing the skills gap and diversity within manufacturing separately is like trying to solve a puzzle while you’re missing a piece.

Beyond our manufacturing and consulting services, we’ve focused on creating that community by partnering with outreach and support programs, pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs, industry organizations and local government to help fill the employment gap and address underlying equity issues that act as barriers to entry within the field.

Outsourcing

Significant outsourcing of manufactured goods has led to a massive skills gap in the U.S. industry. With an extended period of outsourced jobs, lost training infrastructure, and a significant amount of the workforce approaching retirement age, we’ve lost a tremendous amount to manufacturing companies overseas. Many local jobs are already feeling the resulting skilled labor shortage.

POVERTY

A chronic issue both locally and nationally, poverty results in significant barriers to employment. Even the most driven and passionate individuals can run into obstacles like lack of food, housing, transportation, childcare services, healthcare, and more. Individuals trapped in the cycle of poverty may find it nearly impossible to secure a stable job.

ORGANAZATIONAL CULTURE

Many of the communities being disproportionately impacted by poverty are also severely underrepresented in our local, and national, manufacturing economy. DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) initiatives within the industry have been limited and largely ineffective. DEI hiring is also challenged by lack of applicants. Largely homogenous and static work cultures reinforces the cycle of underrepresentation by maintaining either the reality, or perception of, uninviting workplaces. Without significant discussion and effort to change, the industry we love will fall behind.

Education

Educational programs working to serve the industry have limited resources and outreach, largely the result of inefficiencies borne by public grants, inadequate private funding, and student’s barriers. Stretched thin, these programs aren’t able to scale adequately to address the scope of the skills gap the industry is facing, or the services gap in the community, and are challenged in meeting their enrollment, completion and employment goals.

Communication

Social division continues to skyrocket, particularly around discussions of equity and identity. Common social rhetoric has only fomented further division. Communication on this subject within the manufacturing community needs to be approached holistically, fostering cultural understanding and collaboration amongst groups with different lived experiences and common interest in, and love of, manufacturing.

What MAkes EQUITY MACHINE WORKS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DEI AND SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS?

Equity Machine Works ties together community programs, established training programs, and manufacturing companies to not only train employees for the field, but to provide community support that addresses the various barriers to entry people face when looking to enter a career in manufacturing.

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How does it work?

ADDRESSING THE BARRIERS

We partner with established community programs to address the root cause of issues and provide an employment path to people interested in working in industrial fields.

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP + PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING

When there is available space in our program, select individuals completing their pre-apprenticeship training join the Equity Machine Works team. Upon hire, they will become Registered Apprentices and begin our 1-year structured OJT program, learning the trade while making parts. After completing, Equity Machine Works SPC, along with our recruitment and industry partners, provide the now qualified and experienced individuals with job placement services at DEI-committed organizations.

GET HIRED ON

When there is available space in our program, select individuals completing their pre-apprenticeship training join the Equity Machine Works team. Upon hire, they will become Registered Apprentices and begin our 1-year structured OJT program, learning the trade while making parts. After completing, Equity Machine Works SPC, along with our recruitment and industry partners, provide the now qualified and experienced individuals with job placement services at DEI-committed organizations.

Culturally Competent Consulting

Companies are looking to make a difference not just in addressing the impacts of the skills gap within their organization, but also to make meaningful changes in creating a more inclusive work culture. Equity Machine Works can serve as a guiding partner in training both staff and leadership on DEI, establishing inclusive policies, creating internal training programs, and setting companies up for long-term success in a rapidly changing market.

MAKE A CHANGE

START WITH A GRASSROOTS APPROACH AND ENACT CHANGE INTERNALLY

Company Heartbeat

This seminar can help you gauge your company’s current D&I initiatives and determine ones you’d like to implement in the future.

We provide insight on impending policy changes, potential community involvement, and your own workforce’s feedback in a company-wide training session.

This open table discussion brings your employees to the forefront of the conversation and gives them the tools to understand and discuss diversity initiatives.

Leadership Workshop + Ongoing Mentorship

We know that DEI is important to your company. How do you get that involvement to extend to the boardroom?

Our leadership training program coaches your team on policy, best practices, and implementing company-specific goals.

This workshop includes 1+1 mentorship availability to help your leaders feel confident about embarking on this new adventure.

Mission Values Workshop

Are your core values reflected in your hiring pipeline? Are they what you’d provide to an employee or potential customer to describe your business practices? If not, there’s a problem.

We’ll walk you through the process of aligning your core and mission values with company goals and strategy.

This session will also provide you with a hiring roadmap based on the values discovered during this session.

Looking for something else?

If you don’t see a package that suits your immediate needs, don’t panic! We offer custom consultations and can find the most helpful option for you. Connect with us today to get started.

Join the Movement Become a Partner

A business looking for quality, cost-effective machined goods, that would like to see the money they spend go to more than a bottom line.

A business looking for quality, cost-effective machined goods, that would like to see the money they spend go to more than a bottom line.

Someone who either is, or is connected to, a person who might be a good fit for joining our program

A business looking for quality, cost-effective machined goods, that would like to see the money they spend go to more than a bottom line.

An individual or organization who’d like to provide any kind of support to a social enterprise working to change lives and improve diversity within the manufacturing industry

LET’S GET TO WORK

Join the Movement

Changing the face of manufacturing is a substantial undertaking…

but we’re more than up for the task.

As job creators and suppliers, we know that you want to address the skills and diversity gap within manufacturing. In order to do that, you need to be connected with a partner, and the surrounding community, that understands manufacturing, with a passion for solving equity issues and an eye for root causes. We believe that manufacturing careers should be accessible to anyone wanting to pursue them. We understand what manufacturers are looking for in future employment and their need to adapt to a changing world, while also recognizing the lack of diversity within the field. The underlying issues and systems acting as barriers to entry within the field are myriad, complex and beyond the capabilities of any one organization to handle alone; it takes a COMMUNITY.  This is why, beyond our manufacturing and consulting services, we’ve focused on creating that community by partnering with outreach and support programs, pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs, industry organizations and local government to help fill the employment gap and address underlying equity issues that act as barriers to entry within the field.

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Here’s how we do it:

  • Addressing the Barriers
    We partner with established public and privately funded community programs to address the root cause of issues that limit outcomes, subsidize gaps where possible and provide employment paths to disadvantaged people interested in working in manufacturing.
  • Pre-Apprenticeship + Employment Training
    Our organization works with grant-funded training programs to teach future manufacturers the hard and soft skills they need to enter the industry and begin rewarding
  • Get Hired On
    When there is available space in our program, select individuals completing their pre-apprenticeship training join the Equity Machine Works team. Upon hire, they will become Registered Apprentices and begin our 1-year structured OJT program, learning the trade while making parts. After completing, Equity Machine Works SPC, along with our recruitment and industry partners, provide the now qualified and experienced individuals with job placement services at DEI-committed organizations.
  • Culturally Competent Consulting
    Companies are looking to make a difference not just in addressing the impacts of the skills gap within their organization, but also to make meaningful changes in creating a more inclusive work culture. Equity Machine Works can serve as a guiding partner in training both staff and leadership on DEI, establishing inclusive policies, creating internal training programs, and setting companies up for long-term success in a rapidly changing market.

Connect with us to make an impact and help bridge the gap in manufacturing employment. Stop struggling to fill seats and start building our communities by making the industry’s workforce stronger than ever. 

Change the Workforce With Us

Equity Machine Works is a social purpose corporation (“SPC”), which is a Washington corporation that has organized itself to pursue one or more social purposes. Equity Machine Works is organized as a social purpose corporation governed by the Social Purpose Corporation Chapter of Title 23B RCW.

Equity Machine Works will be compliant to both ISO:9001-2015 and AS9100 D standards the day we open and will acquire certification within months of beginning our operations.