The annual Power of Profession Awards seek to recognize the best practices among leading supply chain initiatives.
This year, Gartner Inc. was proud to present GE Appliances (GEA) with two “Power of the Professional” awards at the 2019 Gartner SCM Live Americas Peer Forum. Among the awards GEA received were “Talent Breakthrough of the Year” and “Talent Partnership of the Year.”
GEA has worked to expand manufacturing across the U.S. during a time when the number of qualified candidates are low. In doing so, they invested heavily in providing opportunities for our country’s youth.
“We are proud to have our investment and commitment to our community highlighted at the global level,” said Tom Quick, GE Appliances Vice President of Human Resources, who accepted the award along with Chief Operating Officer Melanie Cook. “We recognized the skills gap is a community-wide problem – and knew it would take a community-wide effort to address it. These awards are an exciting recognition that GEA is at the forefront of changing the way manufacturing careers are viewed and ensuring young people are prepared for a workforce that is aligned with the continued growth of U.S. manufacturing.”
GEA's work began in 2014 in Greater Louisville where the appliance giant developed “A Blueprint for Bridging the Industrial Skills Gap,” a three-part plan for creating systemic change that would create a better-prepared workforce. One year later, GEA built on that idea with participating employees and community leaders to create “The Community Playbook for Greater Louisville Manufacturing Workforce Development.”
The initiatives set in place were meant to spark youth interest in manufacturing careers at the high school and college level.
GEA pioneered the GEA2DAY program offering students part-time manufacturing positions with tuition reimbursement. The company was also a key leader in the SummerWorks program to provide full time jobs for high school students over the course of summer break.
“GE Appliances was there at the beginning of Louisville’s focus on the advanced manufacturing skills gap,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “The two Gartner awards are fitting recognition of its commitment to growing our region’s high-skilled workforce.”