Vitamix, BW launch custom ‘Learn and Earn’ approach to workforce development
BEREA, OH— Vitamix President and CEO Dr. Jodi Berg saw a need in the local community to help young people who want to pursue post-secondary education but who, for various reasons, still need to maintain a steady income.
Muchos en esa situación se ven obligados a elegir entre el trabajo y su formación. La solución de Berg fue darles la oportunidad de hacer ambas cosas. Ella y su empresa, con sede fuera de Cleveland (Ohio) lo lograron al asociarse con la cercana Baldwin Wallace University.
Navigating critical work-life balance
A new BW-Vitamix workforce education partnership, called “Learn and Earn,” affords young workers the opportunity to join the Vitamix Supply Chain team and spend a part of their time at work each day earning a new Bachelor of Applied Business degree, which recently received approval from the State of Ohio Board of Regents.
The income-vs-schooling dilemma was not the only obstacle for many potential new Vitamix employees, says Berg.
“A good number of these young people simply don’t know how to apply for college or, once they get there, how to study and learn,” she noted. “This program allows them to earn an income while furthering their education, but it also gives them the coaching and mentoring they need to succeed. It helps to solve a life-balance problem that prevents many young adults from ever earning a degree.”
New approach to workforce development
Un equipo alojado en la Oficina del Rector de BW, se encarga de pensar en colaboraciones empresariales originales como Aprender y ganar.
“We take a consultative approach with businesses,” explained BW Provost Dr. Stephen Stahl. “We undertook the challenge at Vitamix as we do with all of our business partners, working side by side as a true collaborator, listening and working to create beneficial, multifaceted solutions that address their needs and build a solid foundation for success.”
Reimaginar el modelo para la combinación de estudios y trabajo
BW and Vitamix worked together to create the innovative, onsite, workday course delivery model, as well as on the degree itself, which won state approval on March 3.
Los empleados pasan 30 horas a la semana en el frenético entorno de producción de Vitamix. Las 10 horas restantes —dos horas cada día— se reservan para centrarse en la carrera académica del empleado, lo que puede incluir conferencias virtuales o presenciales del profesorado de BW, deberes o instrucción autoguiada con el apoyo de Vitamix y el personal de BW.
“One of the keys to this program is our ability to offer a shift schedule in which student-workers can start and end their workdays together,” said Berg.
Employees who qualify for full financial aid could have no out-of-pocket expenses.
Custom training partnerships
The Learn and Earn program model is one that Stahl says can be applied to other companies looking to recruit, build and retain a skilled workforce. While the applied business degree is the initial offering, the partners envision adding program tracks that lead to certificates or bachelor’s degrees in a range of different fields.
"Somos conscientes de que no hay una solución única para todos los retos organizativos", afirma Stahl. "Ahora BW tiene un modelo de colaboración fuerte e intuitivo con un historial de éxito".
The effort to redefine and innovate new possibilities for university-organizational partnerships grew out of BW’s current strategic plan, which calls for the University to be “positioned as an essential partner in the economic and community development of Northeast Ohio and beyond.”
“BW has a long history of collaborating with area companies on custom training and consulting provided by our world-class faculty,” said Stahl. “We are now building on that tradition.”
Find out more
For information about the BW’s custom education solutions, contact the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs www.bw.edu/about/offices/academic-affairs
Para obtener información o solicitar una plaza en el programa Aprender y ganar de Vitamix, visite www.bw.edu/academics/Vitamix
BW Contact: Shawn Salamone
Vitamix Contact: Alyssa Santoli