United Technologies Outlines Robust Workforce Development Program

By 2025, American manufacturers will have more than 3.5 million high-skilled open jobs—but will struggle to fill more than half of them.

Fortunately, NAM members like United Technologies are taking the lead and stepping up to help build the workforce of the future through big investments in new workforce development and training programs that will help develop the next generation of manufacturers.

Today, United Technologies announced they would hire 35,000 people in all 50 states and invest more than $15 billion in research and development and capital expenditures in the United States over the next 5 years alone.

But big expansion means a bigger workforce, which is why United Technologies also announced a game-changing investment in the way they develop employees.

United Technologies plans to ramp up investments in more than 30 U.S. workforce training programs across the nation, to help attract new workers and to help enhance the skills of their 67,000 employees.

These programs include apprenticeships, community college and high school partnerships and digital certificate programs, which help to inspire young adults and high school students and give them the tools they need to pursue careers in manufacturing. Participation in a development program often results in a job offer from United Technologies.

Click here to read more about United Technologies by Carolyn Lee published on the National Association of Manufacturers website. 

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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