SME, Women in Manufacturing Partnership Designed to Enhance Labor Force

Virtual career fairs latest collaboration between manufacturing nonprofits.

Virtual career fairs latest collaboration between manufacturing nonprofits.

SME has extended its partnership with Women in Manufacturing (WiM) to conduct two virtual career fairs in 2023. 

“We’re excited to partner on this level with Women in Manufacturing, which shares with us many goals and aspirations for women and underrepresented groups in manufacturing who are seeking rewarding, sustaining careers,” says Sheronda Carr, senior director, Membership, SME. “Like our broader, longer-term partnership, we believe the virtual career fairs will allow both employers and job seekers to connect with like-minded people who align with their values.”

The two nonprofit organizations have partnered previously in different capacities in recent years to promote a reciprocal membership opportunity and in marketing each other’s programs and events. This included WiM co-locating in 2017 at SME’s SOUTHTEC event in which it launched its first WiM South Conference for manufacturing professionals based in the southeastern U.S.

“WiM values its industry partners and believes that together, we can truly impact more people and organizations,” says Allison Grealis, president and founder of WiM. “As a now global trade association working to support, promote, and inspire women in manufacturing, WiM aligns well with SME and complement each other’s work in many ways, making our partnership a natural fit for which WiM is truly grateful!”

Carr and Grealis said that in addition to the established activities, the partnership will annually produce the two virtual career fairs—one each during fall and winter—to help manufacturers reach, connect with and hire skilled employees in a variety of roles. This also allows qualified job seekers consisting of recent college graduates, young professionals, seasoned managers and skilled tradespeople in a broad range of manufacturing disciplines to connect with companies that support, promote and inspire women.

In advance of the fair, employers can use the event platform to create a virtual booth to include job openings, marketing materials and collateral designed to promote their company to job seekers. Job seekers can upload their resumes in advance of the fair and hiring companies will have access to the resume bank following the fair for any follow-up they would like to do post-event. Additionally, new this year, the virtual career fairs will offer registered job seekers the opportunity to participate in a resume workshop in preparation for the fair.

The next virtual career fair is scheduled to take place Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The online event will feature some of the country’s top manufacturing companies that lead with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives including Toyota Motor North America, Shaw Industries, Southwire, American Axle & Manufacturing, Novelis, and many more. A link to the virtual career fair will be available on the WiM and SME websites.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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