Get Skilled!

I’m in love with Mike Rowe.  You know – the creator and host from the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” yeah – that guy!  His voice, his attitude, his take on the world that we live in – he’s just plain amazing!  Time and time again, he has shown his respect and given heartfelt tribute to those he works with from sewer workers and cloth diaper cleaners to dairy farmers and manufacturing production workers throughout the course of the show.  You’ve seen him dive into those nasty, disgusting jobs that you just shake your head at wondering why someone would do a job like that, as you say to yourself “They couldn’t pay me enough to do that!”  But someone does it.  Someone gets up every morning, gets dressed and heads out the door to a job that many would find ugly, dirty.  Mike devised the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo), #3 rings pretty true:  I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.”  I believe that all jobs are opportunities and it’s up to me to make the best of them.  Check out to see the rest of the pledge.  Where would our world be if we didn’t have those hard working individuals that did those jobs?  We are slowly heading there.

Mike has lent his support to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the “I Make America” campaign, he has testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation about skilled trades.  He repeatedly reminds us to “work smart” and that “many of the best opportunities that exist today require a skill, not a diploma.”

Nationally, there is a shortage of skilled labor affecting not just manufacturing but everyone.  All companies want the most qualified, trainable applicants.  We want to match up the right person with the right skills for a successful outcome in our business.  With the right person in the right position we reduce turnover and training costs and increase productivity while gaining higher employee morale and job satisfaction.  All companies are fighting for the same thing – success for the company and success for their employees.

A program that is there to help not just companies, but also workers is The Skilled Iowa Initiative.  This program works to increase skill levels of Iowa’s workforce by helping people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our state’s economy grow and prosper.  More than 10,000 businesses across the state recommend the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) to students and those in the workforce.  The NCRC is a series of tests – tests that are “real world” skills using everyday work situations.

Skilled Iowa and the NCRC give prospective employees the opportunity to boost their credentials, tout their abilities and promote their capabilities in a no-cost way while helping employers identify and invest in employees who can make real contributions to their businesses.

Programs like these that make a difference in people and companies are a win-win for everyone.