Tuesday – Friday | August 25-28, 2020

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA | USA

Be the Spark, that will Light the Fire: Developing a Sustainable Workforce

Date: Thursday, August 23rd from 9:00am - 10:00am

Session Code: BMG19
Location: B311

Presented by:
Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

Speaker: Luke Barnett, Chairmaker: Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

This presentation will focus of the most important part of every shop. The workforce. The talent gap is crippling industry in USA. Our most experienced workers are aging out and the pool of new talent is shrinking everyday. These problems stem from reasons such as, lack of available applicants, lack of experience and lack of technical competencies/hard skills. 

• We will focus on techniques to build the talent pipeline.
• Embracing the skills gap and working on solutions
• Raising awareness is our own localities
• Engagement of young workers
• Erasing the stigma of skilled trades being an "Alternative education"
• How to prepare for the aging out of the baby boomers.
• Much more


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About the Speaker:Luke Barnettis a private industry woodworker turned educator. He served as CEO of an award winning windsor chair company. Has had works of arts featured in a Smithsonian Museum exhibit, and has has works grace the cover of several magazines. Luke now serves as the director of the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute. A woodworking specific vocational training school located in Adrian, Michigan. At just 32 years of age, Luke brings a fresh perspective to woodworking education, bringing revolutionary ideas and solutions to the rapidly changing woodworking industry.  
"Coming from the private sector gives me a huge advantage in the field of education. I am able to make decisions at the speed of private industry, while serving the public and educating youth and young adults for the greater good." - Luke Barnett
 The SBWI is an accredited education center recognized by the Woodworking Career Alliance of North America. We provide certification for over 250 different machine operations. We are a certified evaluation center that awards certificates, credentials, and transcripts that are recognized by woodworking manufacturers as proof of skill level and job experience. In partnership with the WCA, the current credentials program is recognized by the State of Michigan for its respective state-sponsored career and technical education programs.

Aside from workforce training, our certified woodworking facility allows us to offer project based woodworking classes to the public. We also have community outreach programs that allows us to teach woodworking to over 1000 kids per year for free. Helping erase the stigma that woodworking is an antiquated craft. We are building the talent pipeline for long term investment into the woodworking manufacturing Industry.