You can now watch the eight WED Talks (Wood Education Talks) that took place at the 2019 AWFS®Fair on YouTube.
Find information on each presentation, speaker and the video links on this page.
Norm Abram speaks at the 2019 AWFS Fair WED Talks
The 2019 AWFS®Fair WED Talks featured wood industry professionals and focused on topics including workforce development, industry skill standards, generational collaboration, social activism through woodworking, furniture design and the creative process, and the importance of diversity in the workforce. Speakers include Whitney Pyle and Thomas Allott, both members of the Woodworking Network “40 Under 40”; highly-respected and industry leading educator Patrick Molzahn; recognized artists Wendy Maruyama, Scott[...]
MFG Day is Friday, October 4, 2019
MFG Day ("Manufacturing Day") is a nation-wide campaign to strengthen student awareness of manufacturing career opportunities. This is your chance to open your doors, welcome students, and make a positive impact on career awareness (and your future employee pipeline)!
Did you know...
...89% of students who attended MFG Day events are "more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities"
...84% are "more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding"
...64% are "more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing"
How to Get Started
Once you decide to host an event, publish it on the MFG Day website.
Here are some additional resources to help[...]
Two unique educational opportunities that took place at the 2019 AWFS®Fair enhanced the experience for teachers, students, and general attendees by providing more resources and information related to career awareness.
The Industry-Education Networking Breakfast on Thursday morning was a jam-packed event, with over fifty teachers and industry professionals coming together to share their challenges and how they can work together to find solutions and “bridge the skills gap”. A big conversation was the “language barrier” between industry and education, which many people find a common issue when trying to address the skilled careers gap and work with partners on the other[...]
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) educational program, the College of Woodworking Knowledge® (CWWK®), was held at the AWFS®Fair and provided value for thousands of AWFS Fair attendees through current topics and addressing business questions and concerns.
Designed to meet the current needs of the show audience demographics, the 50 sessions spanned topics to strengthen corporate culture and grow workforce, enhance business management expertise, improve skill sets, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies.
CWWK Educational Track Highlights
Business Management: Expert Tom Grandy spoke on mastering your cash flow. Marketing pro Jonathan Mills dove deep into digital marketing, including the role[...]
Reborn Cabinets Brings Together City of Anaheim, Vital Link, Local Schools and Organizations to Coordinate MFG Day Event and Job Fair
On Friday, October 5, 2018, over 300 local high school students toured Reborn Cabinets' headquarters facility in Anaheim, California for the company's third annual MFG Day event. The event was planned with the help of the City of Anaheim's "Manufacturing Month" campaign along with Vital Link, a local industry-education liaison group, and other industry and education organization representatives including CMTC and AWFS. In addition to a presentation and facility and showroom tour, Reborn hosted a job fair which welcomed local[...]
WATCH THE RECORDING
from the AWFS webinar Join The Movement, Host a MFG Day Event!
held on Jun 7, 2018 10:00 AM PDT
Looking for a way to attract skilled workers? Would you like to connect students interested in woodworking-related careers? Have you considered hosting a company tour or open house? 64% of students who attend a company tour or open house are "more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing"!
MFG Day - a national campaign to increase student awareness of manufacturing careers - provides resources to help you plan your company event.
AWFS hosted a webinar on Thursday, June 7, 2018 about how to get involved in[...]