BRISTOL - The Staffing Management Association and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce are holding a â€śSchool to Workâ€ť panel discussion on Feb. 14 aimed to help human resources managers learn strategies for identifying and developing talent through community and school partnerships.
The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Yarde Metals, 45 Newell St., Southington. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be offered. The presentation will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.
Panel members will include Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce; Betty DaCruz, chief financial officer of DaCruz Manufacturing and chairwoman of the Bristol Technical Advisory Committee; Tracy Ariel, executive director of Tunxis Community College (Bristol Campus) and College Career Pathways; and Larry Covino, supervisor of Adult Education and and Bristol Preparatory Academy as well as president of the Connecticut Association of Adult and Continuing Education and an Executive Committee member of the Bristol Technical Advisory Committee.
The discussion will be moderated by SMA immediate Past President and current Vice President of Sponsorships Mike Mueller, VP, Human Resources at U.S. Electrical Services.
Lisa Sands of Kelly Services said this is the first time that SMA has organized this panel.
â€śThis event is geared toward people who do hiring for companies,â€ť she said. â€śIt will go over what companies have done to partner with communities and schools, such as schools and apprenticeship programs, to get talent.â€ť
Sands said building community and school partnerships is critical for the acquisition of future talent. She said attendees will learn how to work in concert with technical schools and industry leaders and recruiting best practices in advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.
â€śThe war for talent is on now more than ever and nowhere is the need greater for talent than for careers in advanced manufacturing and technology,â€ť said Sands. â€śMany HR managers throughout the Greater Hartford area and the country rely on staffing companies like Kelly Services to find talent. We may help them to hire people for temporary positions to see if they are a good long-term fit as well. If someone is re-entering the workforce after a long time, we can help them to review their background, understand the current market climate and reset their career.â€ť
Bombard said that there are issues in finding a talented workforce throughout the region. Kelly Services, she said, stepped up six years ago to be part of the Bristol Technical Advisory Council and help address those issues. Bombard added that she has learned through working with the Bristol Technical Advisory Council the important role that staffing companies such as Kelly Services can play.
â€śI steer many individuals who are unemployed and looking for work toward staffing agencies,â€ť said Bombard. â€śThey help prepare a person to be job ready, help them to get the skills required and assist them in finding the right fit. They help people find jobs and help jobs find people.â€ť
The panel discussion is open to the public.
Admission is $25 for SMA chapter members and $35 for guests and $20 for SMA members in transition.