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This podcast is a great resource for manufacturing leaders in CT and Western Mass to learn from each other. Each week Ari Santiago interviews a thriving local manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success.  

Learn great tips and best practices as these leaders tell their personal and business stories. Discover the strategies they have used to start, develop, and grow their business - leadership, sales, marketing, investments, spin-offs/mergers, culture and so much more!  

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Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 

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This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct - www.gettingyouconnected.com

Produced by Miceli Productions - www.miceliproductions.com 

 

Oct 29, 2019

This episode focuses on one of CT's greatest manufacturing dilemmas, workforce development, with a member of the community who is working to help find solutions, Bill Villano, President of Workforce Alliance.

Workforce Alliance's "Skill Up for Manufacturing" program is a 5-week solution designed to quickly channel people into entry-level manufacturing jobs by providing the fundamentals that employers need. 

Ari and Bill discuss all about workforce development in CT: where we've been, where we are now, the models we are developing within the state, and successful models being used outside of our state. They talk a lot about what employers can do to help and how the education system could help to foster more interest in manufacturing. This episode covers a lot of ground!

Bill encourages employers to reach out, and outline their needs so Workforce Alliance and other constituents can develop the best programs that truly solve the needs of those companies seeking workers!

Bill Villano, President, Workforce Alliance of South Central CT

Website: https://www.workforcealliance.biz/

Email: bvillano@workforcealliance.biz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/workforcealliance/

Phone: 203.867.4030

 

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

 

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

 

Books recommendations from podcast:

The Pursuit of Wow, Tom Peters