The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®), the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) have come together to produce a video about careers in the wood industry in partnership with the “In Depth with Laurence Fishburne” program. The six-minute feature video will be distributed to public television stations nationwide beginning in June.
In Depth programs are “short form” videos which cover many topics and feature an introduction by actor Laurence Fishburne. They are distributed to public television affiliates and they run between full-length public television programming. A one-minute commercial version of the video was also produced,[...]
by Adria Salvatore, AWFS
In March 2021, Saúl Martín was invited to speak virtually to the woodworking classes at Redwood High School in Visalia, Calif. Martín is vice president of operations at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC) in Southern California, a company that produces high end woodwork and furniture for commercial clients in Downtown Los Angeles. He is also a strong supporter of woodworking education programs: he is lead volunteer for the SkillsUSA California woodworking contests, he has hosted student internships and teacher externships, he serves on local school advisory committees and has hosted MFG Day (Manufacturing Day) events. In the fall[...]
By Adria Salvatore, AWFS® Education Director
Happy #CTEMonth! In February, we celebrate Career Technical Education (CTE) and highlight ways to engage with CTE programs, teachers, and students!
What is CTE?
When you were in high school, you may have been aware of “vocational education” or “shop” classes -- this was historically how students learned woodworking skills. But today, the educational landscape has changed and the focus is now on Career Technical Education (CTE), which provides students with real-world skills to prepare them for future careers in industry. CTE spans many industry sectors, but for the wood industry, CTE programs that would[...]
YouWood is a new industry-wide website that provides information and resources about careers in wood. The site was developed by WIRC (Wood Industry Resource Collaborative), a group of leadership representatives from wood industry organizations. AWFS® is a Founding and Executive member of WIRC, and other member associations include: WMMA and WMIA (also both Executive members), AWI, CPA, IWF Atlanta, NWFA, NBMDA, WCMA, and WMA.
Click Here to Read Ten Ways You Can Help
Spread the Word to Students and Job Seekers about Careers in the Wood Industry!
To learn more, contact AWFS® Assistant Executive Director, Education Adria Salvatore.[...]
Nashville, TN January 27, 2021 - The Wood Industry Resource Collaborative (WIRC) is excited to announce the launch of their industry-wide career awareness campaign, “You Wood.” Developed by several industry trade associations led by AWFS, WMIA, and WMMA, in partnership with Nashville-based INDUSTRIAL Strength Marketing, the WIRC campaign aims to communicate wood industry career pathways and attract new talent.
The “You Wood” campaign features a website with career resource information, including profiles of high-demand positions, career quizzes, links to educational resources like schools and scholarships, industry information, and an events calendar. The site will be continually updated, and features will be[...]
SHARED FROM WOODWORKING NETWORK
Woodworking Network asked their readers to share how they got started in the wood industry, check out this article for the responses. The answers vary - from the military, high school woodworking, flooring, construction industry...there are so many opportunities and career paths! Read the full article here, and follow Woodworking Network on Facebook to see and participate in future conversations like this.[...]
Check out this 5 minute video showcasing the different roles and processes involved in a professional manufacturing facility.
This company produces high-end commercial architectural woodworking projects in Los Angeles, CA.
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®), and it’s Southern California industry-education chapter Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) have produced a video showcasing the various roles and processes involved in professional woodworking. The nearly six-minute video, the purpose of which is to introduce students to career pathways in the wood industry, features the team at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC), Los Angeles. “We were happy to open our facility up for this video,” says Saúl Martín, AWC Vice President of Manufacturing. “During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to provide students with information about wood industry careers through[...]
There are several MFG Day events taking place in October that are hosted by wood industry companies and featuring industry professionals! These events are specifically for students and teachers to attend to learn more about industry careers. Check them out and register ASAP!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
VIRTUAL, 12:00 NOON - 2:00 P.M. ET CERATIZIT USA's Virtual Event
Thursday, October 1, 2020
IN PERSON (Bassett, VA) 3:00 - 7:00 P.M. Bassett Furniture Industries - Explore Manufacturing and More!
Friday, October 2, 2020
VIRTUAL, sessions throughout the day SWM Presents MFG Day 2020 Virtual: Careers in the Wood Industry
VIRTUAL, all day Mastercam Virtual MFG Day
VIRTUAL, 8:00 A.M.[...]
Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) group members recently created videos about their careers in the woodworking industry.
Current SWM President Saul Martin produced a 2 minute video with a quick tour around his shop while he talked about his role and responsibilities at Architectural Woodworking Company in Los Angeles. Diana Ramirez prepared a 1.5 minute video about her career at Reborn Cabinets in Anaheim. Both Saul and Diana have been at their employers for the majority of their careers and are passionate and accomplished members of their teams. Thank you to Diana Ramirez for bringing this opportunity to the SWM group after[...]