ESU’s Office of Workforce Development and NEPIRC to Co-Host Training for Tough Times – December 15

East Stroudsburg University ’s Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), will host “Training for Tough Times,” a luncheon seminar on Thursday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in ESU’s Innovation Center . The event is intended for professionals in the financial, healthcare, industrial and manufacturing industries interested in learning more about employee training opportunities provided through NEPIRC and supported by the WEDnetPA Guaranteed Free Training Program. These trainings focus on increasing productivity and quality, reducing employee training time and improving morale. The lunch, sponsored by NEPIRC, is free of charge; however, reservations are required. To register, contact Daria Wielebinski , interim director of the Office of Workforce Development, at or 570-422-7952. Space is limited. The luncheon seminar will feature a brief presentation on “Training Within Industry” (TWI) which addresses workforce-related challenges faced by manufacturers including:

* Lack of standardized work, resulting in inconsistent product quality.

* Lack of documented work instructions, resulting in long new-hire ramp-up times, high on-the-job training costs and low new-hire retention.

* Failure of workers to follow proper safety procedures or identify workplace safety risks, resulting in lost-time accidents, increased insurance rates and exposure to fines.

* Poor worker-to-supervisor relationships, resulting in high turnover and low employee morale.

Luncheon presenters include: Daria Wielebinski ; Eric J. Esoda, executive director of NEPIRC; and Anthony Manorek, NEPIRC engineering and technology director. ESU’s Innovation Center is located at Brown Street and Route 447 in Smithfield Township , Pa. For more information, contact Daria Wielebinski at or 570-422-7952.