Approximately 10 million global manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to gaps in skills and education. Stanley Black & Decker seeks to address that shortfall by creating contemporary workforce development initiatives both within the company as well as in the communities where we operate. Successful workforce development initiatives rely on an ecosystem approach that includes companies, academia, technical schools, non-profits, government, and civil society working together. These initiatives center around the intersection of people and technology, and focus on digital skills and lifelong learning.
Lifelong learning and digital skilling require a shift in mindset – unlearning and learning is the job, and digital skilling is continuously improved through data-driven approaches to inform new, faster, and more productive innovations and processes.
Digital Skills Credentials
Digital skilling and credentialing are key elements of workforce development, and Stanley Black & Decker is committed to doing our part through leading the stakeholder ecosystem. Through our work with the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF), Stanley Black & Decker launched a digital credentialing program called the Connecticut Digital Credential Ecosystem Initiative in October 2020. This program will serve the needs of thousands of workers in the manufacturing sector and elsewhere, providing digital skills for the advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow.
As part of this initiative, BHEF will help community colleges issue industry-validated credentials to support career pathways across Connecticut. Stanley Black & Decker and other participating businesses will approve the knowledge, skills and abilities for these credentials by building recruitment and hiring students who complete the credential. BHEF estimates 2,200 learners will benefit from this initiative, particularly those unemployed due to COVID-19 who can learn new skills that will prepare them for the digital world.
BHEF is partnering with the New England Board of Higher Education, CT Governor’s Workforce Council, the Workforce Development Unit, the Department of Economic and Community Development and Workforce Development Boards to launch a one-year pilot with five campuses in the CSCC system that can subsequently be scaled to other campuses.
“BHEF’s demonstrated results in making a real difference in our communities presents a unique opportunity for Connecticut residents who have been displaced from their existing careers to learn new skills that will prepare them for a digital world. We have a strong opportunity to change the trajectory of this great state and restore Connecticut’s position as a premier center for advanced manufacturing in the United States.”