Feature - LadderzUp Aligns the Workforce with Jobs

In May of 2017, LadderzUp was launched with a simple goal: to link residents who are looking for work with employers who are ready to hire by offering the specific training they need.

Since its inception, the LadderzUp workforce development program has trained over 775 residents to fill rewarding, well-paying local jobs in growing industries like metal fabrication, project management, precision welding, and customer service. LadderzUp is a first-of-its-kind workforce development initiative that provides customized educational and skills-training programming specifically aligned with open employment opportunities.

LadderzUp is powered by a collaborative partnership between Imagine Monroe and Monroe Community College (MCC).

In 2019, MCC was selected as a long-term partner for the LadderzUp program. LadderzUp will also be building on its success in a first-of-its-kind LadderzUp Plastics Consortium. Local employers pooled resources for sending their employees or recruits to specialized plastics injection training and launched new Consortiums designed for growing industries like HVAC and facilities maintenance.

For more information about LadderzUp and other workforce development programming, please visit: imaginemonroe.org/incentives-and-programs/workforce development or contact us.

LadderzUp Program Highlights:

Harris Corporation

A leader in technological innovation for defense and space, Harris is well-known and respected for expertise in tactical communications; geospatial systems and services; air traffic management; environmental solutions; avionics and electronic warfare; and space and intelligence. Through the LadderzUp program, Harris has invested in an apprenticeship training program in system electronics. The apprenticeship program provides training for mechanical and electrical work to their employees.

Calvary Robotics

Calvary Robotics is recognized as one of North America’s leading providers of turnkey automated systems and machine replication services. Their Automated Manufacturing division offers machine replication services for a variety of industries with projects ranging from single build-to-print systems through complete outsourced machine builds. Through the LadderzUp program, Calvary Robotics has invested in an apprenticeship training program in control panel manufacturing with the goal of facilitating job retention, business expansion and employee development.

Quality Vision International

Quality Vision International (QVI) designs and builds a complete line of dimensional measuring machines that combine proprietary optical, laser, and contact sensors for precision measurement of manufactured components and assemblies. Over 50,000 QVI systems are used by manufacturers in over 75 countries to measure and inspect their products for quality and process control. Through the LadderzUp program, QVI has invested in helping their employees attain Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. In total, 15 QVI leaders are completing the Green Belt certification, focused on company process improvement needs and changes to manage the future growth of the business.