East Bay Manufacturing Day – Connecting Talent to Manufacturing Opportunities
UPDATED 11/4/15 – In addition to the 9 San Leandro/San Lorenzo participating businesses, the City of Hayward is featuring 5 participating businesses: Sugar Bowl Bakery, Plastikon, Ultra Clean Technology/UCT, Nutek and Inland Metal Technologies. Yes, we make things all over the East Bay! ___________________________________________________________________________________
This Thursday, over 450 students from San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Hayward will have the opportunity to visit 9 San Leandro/San Lorenzo businesses to explore careers in San Leandro’s booming manufacturing sector. All students, their chaperones and teachers will conclude their tour at Chabot College, where the students will be treated to lunch and an introduction to how Chabot prepares its students for careers in manufacturing and related hardware industries.
East Bay Manufacturing Day is the result of a very special collaboration that includes San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Castro Valley Unified School Districts; EdenAreaROP; the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce; Pilot City; the City of San Leandro; Chabot College; and the East Bay Career Pathways Consortium. The EBCPC brings together 11 school districts, one charter school organization, six community colleges, a collaboration of four Workforce Investment Boards, two Regional Occupation Programs, the Alameda County Office of Education, business partners, and state-of-the-art technical assistance and professional development providers to reshape the East Bay K-14 educational system around four career pathways:
- Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Media
- Health and Biosciences
- Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
- Public Services & Law
San Leandro’s manufacturing companies are primarily Advanced Manufacturing companies. The worker talent required by these companies are often the same programmers and engineers highly desired by software manufacturers:
“The Advanced Manufacturing entity makes extensive use of computer, high precision and information technologies integrated with a high performance workforce in a production system capable of furnishing a heterogeneous mix of products in small or large volumes with both the efficiency of mass production and the flexibility of custom manufacturing in order to respond quickly to customer demands.”
-National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
Biomedical, food processing, electrical equipment and appliances, machinery, wood products, petroleum refining and fabricated metals have been identified in a recent report, “Made in the East Bay“, as sectors that are projected to see significant job growth in the next 5-10 years. This same report identifies the average wage for manufacturing workers in Alameda County is $80,195 compared to the average wage of $64,125 for all workers in the County and an average household income of $72,112. In 2013, manufacturing firms in the county paid out $4.98 billion in wages, making it one of the top five sectors with total wages paid.