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TSC Supply Chain Members

The supply chain members in the Talent Solutions Coalition (TSC) are post-secondary institutions and certification providers offering industry-recognized programs and certifications in support of careers in aviation manufacturing and maintenance. Membership contributions underwrite support for these members which is provided by a TSC staff group headquartered at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita, Kansas.

TSC supply chain members enjoy two types of support services:

Institutional Marketing and Employer Engagement. TSC advertises the institutional capabilities of its supply chain members on the TSC website and through various promotions of TSC in industry media. TSC staff also design and manage talent fulfillment projects for aviation employers. TSC supply chain members are organized into service teams for individual employers. The composition of these teams varies depending on suppliers’ capabilities and the talent acquisition needs of each TSC client.

Forums in Talent Management Best Practices and Curriculum Content. TSC staff provide annual forums on a variety of talent management topics for TSC supply chain members. In addition, TSC staff offer supply chain members a portfolio of portable ‘soft-skills’ curricula which can be used to complement technical training and education in work with TSC’s employer clients. Wichita Area Technical College makes this content available as part of its role as the managing partner of NCAT and TSC.

TSC’s current portfolio of soft-skill curricula includes the following:

Work Ethics

TSC recognizes the need to augment technical skills with highly valued employability skills (or soft skills) to ensure that those who land the job, keep the job once they begin to perform in the professional environment. A collective sample of national employers indicate that the current educational system in the United States is not doing enough, fast enough to prepare for a vibrant economic future for our children and our nation (Cavanagh et. al., 2006). TSC is working to change the conversation that centers on workforce employability by seeking to provide instruction in areas centered on character development and workplace ethics that have previously been described as innate or all together not present in otherwise qualified employment candidates.

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The Talent Solutions Coalition (TSC) recognizes the need to augment technical skills with highly valued employability skills (or soft skills) to ensure that those who land the job, keep the job once they begin to perform in the professional environment. A collective sample of national employers indicates that the current educational system in the United States is not doing enough, fast enough, to prepare for a vibrant economic future for our children and our nation (Cavanagh et. al., 2006). TSC is working to change the conversation that centers on workforce employability by seeking to provide instruction in areas centered on character development and workplace ethics that have previously been described as innate or altogether not present in otherwise qualified employment candidates.

Program Components

The Workforce Initiative program is comprised of four components that are integrated into TSC credit-based technical programs. The four components consist of instruction comprised of workplace skills and behaviors (i.e. attitude, attendance, appearance, effective communication skills, entry level leadership, effective collaboration, and cultural diversity) divided into a learning experience that includes an introduction, reinforcement, application, and assessment. Completion of the program results in students who are prepared to demonstrate quality workforce skills and behaviors and have obtained a nationally-recognized credential in work ethics.

Introduction

Blueprint for Personal Success – 2 credit hours (30 contact hours)

The professional world is full of challenging situations, including conflicting personalities, miscommunication, and cultural differences. In this course, students will learn about typical workplace etiquette protocols, communication standards, and cultural awareness strategies in order to navigate these common obstacles. This course will prepare students by educating them on the importance of establishing and maintaining their professional image in the workplace. Whether students are working on the manufacturing floor, in a medical facility or in a professional office setting, practicing professional etiquette will help ensure that their occupational environment is positive and productive. Students will integrate internal attitudes with external behaviors so that their personal attributes reflect the expectations of their future employers. The course provides a study of human relations and professional development in today’s rapidly changing world. The course prepares students for living and working in a complex society through a focus on professionalism, work ethic, teamwork (collaboration) and oral communication. Topics include: Goal Setting, Entry Level Leadership, Communication, Teamwork and Diversity, Career Management, Lifestyle Design, and Disruption in Industry.

Reinforcement

Bring Your “A” Game Training (8 contact hours)

Designed to instill foundation workplace behaviors and values in today’s workforce, this series of eight, one-hour workshops offers a hands-on opportunity for individuals to explore what work ethics look like in a true professional setting. Topics include: Attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance, and appreciation.

Application

Professional Scenarios

An opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to respectfully address authority and issues of conflict with colleagues and supervisors in the professional environment. Workforce Education and Development works with program directors and faculty to create the professional scenarios that equip individuals to respond appropriately to issues and circumstances that often cause friction in the workplace.

Assessment

Reflection / Evaluation

TSC provides a common criteria and method of evaluation to assess an individual’s aptitude and awareness of soft skills. The program ensures that employees and employers can identify growth and development as part of the learning experience within the program.

Managing Perception

TSC offers the opportunity to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers and technical educators an opportunity to engage in conversations to increase awareness about career opportunities in manufacturing.

Career Coaching

TSC offers access to a personalized career coaching model as a way to engage students and potential employees in personalized services to identify their personal and professional goals and establish a career plan that includes a pathway from education, training and certification to employment. The career coaching model includes advisement for career decisions, creating and executing plans for advancement and overcoming obstacles in the workplace.

Guaranteed Interviews

TSC offers access to a model of responsiveness for member institutions as they seek to meet the hiring needs of business and industry and reach a high standard of job-placement for their program graduates. The Guaranteed Interview model offers a process for working with business and industry to strengthen the relationship between education and workplace and focus on the mutual benefits of identifying talent.

Multiple membership options are available. Please contact us for more information and a consultation about TSC membership opportunities.