What We Do

In order to foster a competitive manufacturing industry, SJVMA offers (or plans to offer) a number of services and engagement activities to its members. Among these, we also convene Quarterly Member Meetings and our annual Manufacturing Summit

Workforce Development 

Building a world-class workforce ecosystem is the highest priority for SJVMA. With significant effort and resources focused on workforce development at the regional, state and federal levels, collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential. SJVMA is committed to pulling industry together to work at a strategic level with educators – being involved in the process of building training programs at a design level. Our primary goals are: 

  1. Strategic partnerships with education: We are building relationships with regional career education programs and education institutions to develop robust, agile and relevant career education pathways to address industry skills gaps. 

  2. Internships, externships, apprenticeships and mentorship: Development of standard internship, externship and apprenticeship models to help facilitate industry and education collaboration in these efforts, making participation less daunting. In order to ensure students get the most out of their experiences, we plan to build mentorship training programs so that every student involved has an on-site mentor outside of their direct reporting structure. 

  3. Soft skills curriculum: Human development is equally as important as economic development to weather the storm of rapid acceleration and proliferation of technology that is changing our workforce needs and our cultural foundation. We will work with education to develop soft skills curriculum to embed into every career education pathway to increase student success and develop confident, life-ready citizens who will be valuable employees. 

Resources for Excellence 

While initial efforts of developing SJVMA have been almost entirely focused on workforce development, it is not the only ingredient of the recipe for success in building a globally-competitive regional manufacturing industry. In order to increase our region’s ability to compete in the global arena, we must take a composite look at the health of our manufacturers and develop resources to help sustain healthy companies and to lift those that may not be functioning at optimal levels. 

The Center of Excellence will build the resources to help balance and lift and sustain our regional manufacturers. Though the priority of development of these resources will come from the manufacturing community itself, our initial resource development goals will include:

  1. Best Practices: Develop a best practices framework to serve as an aggregate body of knowledge. Pooling knowledge can help new companies develop their operations, and help existing companies streamline and boost their operations. 

  2. Technology: Develop a resource to stay abreast of the latest technologies innovating manufacturing through partnerships with organizations such as California Technology Manufacturing Consulting (CMTC)

  3. Marketing/Cross-Selling: Staying competitive relies heavily on keeping production costs reasonable. By understanding the supply demands of our manufacturers, we can work to attract businesses that will fill out the supply chain locally, as well as build a network for company marketing departments to stay connected to the industry. 

  4. Peer-to-peer Networking: Facilitate networking opportunities to keep company leadership connected regionally through monthly social events, leadership and organizational development workshops, etc. We are in the process of building an Human Resources Rountable with regional companies’ HR leaders to collectively share knowledge and address important legal and workforce issues. 

  5. Forecasting: Technological advances and global economic conditions weigh heavily on the ability for manufacturers to stay competitive and maintain healthy companies. Working in partnership with industry forecasters and regional economic experts to anticipate coming challenges or the advantage of being prepared for coming market expansions will be critical to preparedness and competitiveness. 

  6. Website and Communications: We are currently in development of an updated SJVMA website and communications platform that begins to build a catalog of resources to help regional manufacturers address business-critical issues and stay connected. This valuable resource will continue to grow as needs are identified. 

  7. Incubation/Entrepreneurship: Access to capital, mentorship, access to infrastrucutre-building resources and support are all important components in supporting the development of innovation and new enterprise. Building these resources will be an important part of creating an regional environment able to support a culture of innovation in manufacturing. 

  8. R&D, Testing and Safety: Developing resources to support innovation in product and processes is another crucial component of a healthy regional manufacturing industry. This requires a vibrant engineering community and engineering programs at regional universities, as well as partnerships with private enterprise. 

Public Policy 

It is impossible to increase the health of the manufacturing industry without looking at the impact of public policy. In many cases, we are working against outdated policy in need of reform to address challenges in the current social, economic and environmental landscapes. 

With the introduction of Smart Policy practices, policymakers are relying more heavily on partnerships and collaboration with researchers and industry to develop suites of new policy to address important issues. Our goals in this area are: 

  1. Regulatory & Political Issues: SJVMA recognizes the need to be a resource for our members on important policy issues. Though we will not directly address policy through the retention of lobbyists, we are developing relationships with our regional elected policymakers. We are also fostering partnerships with state and national organizations focused on advocacy and policy reform for the manufacturing industry to serve as a communications portal to our membership. 

  2. Government Service Needs: One of the greatest potential assets SJVMA can be for regional manufacturers is to serve as the collective voice of the industry. Through relationships and surveying, SJVMA is poised to be the expert on the health and needs of the industry, and can work with institutions to help develop appropriate services. 

  3. Physical Infrastructure: One of the greatest potential assets SJVMA can be for regional manufacturers is to have open dialogue with policymakers regarding land use, development and energy policy. Ensuring decisions are made with the industry’s needs in consideration is vital to the future growth and sustainability of the industry.

Receive Our Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 07:30 AM
Join us for our Q3 Member Meeting featuring a Roundtable Talk with Author and Mediator Doug Noll We live in a...

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 at 07:30 AM
Save the date for the Q4 member meeting. Location and agenda TBD.

View All Events