County offers free training for industrial supervisors

COS Training Center course is part of Tulare County Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) UpSkill Tulare County initiative


TULARE — Most managers are good employees but the reverse is rarely true. Managers are usually selected from the few employees who show the motivation and work ethic to excel at their job and interest and desire to understand how they fit into the company’s overall plan. If more employees had supervisor training, more of them would become quality employees and show an interest in overseeing others to becoming quality employees.

Enter the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) UpSkill Tulare County initiative. According to its four-year plan, “UpSkill Tulare County is a community wide initiative focused on increasing the skills of entry level workers to meet demands of middle skilled positions. This practice encourages employers to ‘grow their own’ staffing resources, while promoting upward mobility in the workplace.” 

As part of that initiative, the College of the Sequoias’ Training Resource Center is offering a Front Line Supervisory Academy for Industry designed for anyone in a supervisory role or aspiring to be in one in the industrial sector (manufacturing and distribution). This training is free to the employee and their company and will be completely funded by the WIB. The class will focus on soft skills training in areas such as interpersonal skills, communication, teamwork, cultural and generational diversity, conflict resolution, coaching, motivation, organization, problem solving and delegation. 

The Training Resource Center’s relationship with the WIB kicked off in Spring of 2018 with a Supervisory Academy. It was very successful, graduating 18 Supervisors and increasing learning overall by 61%. One attendee of that training said “I use the binder often to help me resolve issues so I can better myself”. Another said that “the engagement and activities let you see things differently and allowed us to really learn to work together and be involved.”

The next Academy will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays between Sept. 10 and Oct. 17 at the Jo-Ann Distribution Center in the Visalia Industrial Park. This class is normally $499/person, however the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board will be funding this cohort for eligible employers. 

To find out eligibility requirements and learn more about registering, please contact Andre Brasil at the WIB 559-713-5210 or [email protected]. You can also call or email the COS Training Resource Center to find out more about the trainings at 559-688-3130 or [email protected].

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