DVIDS – News – U.S. Defense, Federal and Local Officials Join Forces to Continue U.S. Navy’s Philadelphia Area Manpower Pilot Project


It was a packed house at the review meeting of the employer ‘correspondence’ program / Vocational and Technical Education (CTE) pilot of the region’s workforce pipeline. of Philadelphia, held at Penn State University at Navy Yard in Philadelphia on September 15, 2021.

Representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the US Navy, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) continued to join forces with federal and local officials. , local employers and academic institutions to develop a program committed to creating sustainable talent pools in this region and boosting the regional economy.

The program aims to teach small and medium-sized businesses how to improve the acquisition and retention of their talent by creating talent pools in high schools, community colleges and CTE centers in the region. This model has already been successfully deployed by the US Navy in the Virginia maritime industry to meet current and future hiring needs, as well as retention needs through the employment of local CTE graduates.

“While Philadelphia is widely known as the birthplace of American democracy, many people don’t realize that we are also the birthplace of the US Navy and a long-standing hub for US shipbuilding,” the member said. of Congress Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05). “This project represents a huge economic opportunity for our country – and in particular my district, which includes the Philadelphia Navy Yard.”

“With hundreds of billions of dollars of investment planned by the Defense Ministry for new submarines, aircraft carriers and ships over the next decades, our region must be properly prepared if we are to participate in the great economic opportunities. that these projects will present. for employers and local workers, ”she added. “The Philadelphia Area Labor Pipeline Pilot Project is exactly what we need to maximize the growth potential of our local marine industry. “

The US Navy and the Secretary of Defense have planned more than $ 300 billion in investments in new submarines, aircraft carriers and ships over the next decades. Pennsylvania is a center of gravity for these shipbuilding and ship maintenance programs, with several hundred defense industry partners in the region. The state also has larger submarine and aircraft carrier suppliers (over 40) than any other state in the country. Gaps and constraints in labor and business skills across the Commonwealth are a clear priority for maritime stakeholders.

“The Navy will never achieve its end goal without capability. We need to develop this capacity. We know we don’t have enough of these essential workers right now and that is the purpose of this program. We can recruit, train, retain and motivate. We can develop and transform these people into mentors to continue the process. That’s what this group brings to the table and I’m proud to be a part of it. I look forward to the future, ”said NSWCPD Commanding Officer Captain Dana Simon.

Matt Sermon, who is Executive Director of the Program Executive Office (PEO) at NAVSEA, Columbia, was instrumental in the implementation and execution of this pilot project.

“I have visited over 200 suppliers over the past few years, working on ship and submarine programs, and what I hear over and over is that they need welders and machinists. Their ability to get the right people doing the right job at the right time is critical to meeting production and delivery schedules, Sermon said. “From where I am, we have to be 100% successful in delivering Columbia class submarines. They are the basis of our national security and they must work.

Sermon acknowledged that the Philly pilot is only a first step in the scale and urgency needed around the workforce, and that efforts are well underway to expand it to the entire region.

“This piece that we’re doing here is the key. This is the centerpiece on how we can prove that we can do it differently. Our nation depends on it. It cannot fail, ”Sermon said.

During the engagement, the academic partners pledged to support the Pipeline project through CTE programs reflecting the needs of the maritime and defense industrial base, as well as to create a pool of qualified candidates capable of responding to the demand for hiring critical defense suppliers in 2022. Representatives from 23 Pennsylvania companies have pledged to hire a minimum of 69 candidates through the Pipeline initiative, committing to train, mentor and retain them for one year.

In addition to the company’s commitments, 17 CTE organizations representing academia have committed to providing a pool of 421 candidates, and have taken responsibility for developing these students to successfully integrate the maritime workforce. and defense after graduation.

“The Philadelphia Pipeline Project is a program that not only has an impact on the future of the students who will attend it, it can in fact have an impact on the future of our world because it allows young people not only to have a viable career, but to contribute to the defense of our country. We are delighted to begin this endeavor, ”said Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite.

“When I talk to young people like those who participate in this program about the opportunities that exist in the maritime defense industry, I tell them that there are many ways to serve your country, including working in manufacturing for support essential ship and submarine construction. operations, ”added Adele Ratcliff, director of the US Department of Defense Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program. “I also tell them my own story of growing up in humble circumstances, and how I have been able to access so many opportunities and a rewarding career, as well as the chance to contribute to a larger mission of support to our community. national security; and I stress that the doors are wide open for them to enter these careers and succeed.

Training Modernization Group (TMG), Inc., in support of the NAVSEA Shipbuilding Industrial Base Working Group, is leading the overall program. Six defense-related organizations act as facilitators, including: National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Submarine Industrial Base Council (SIBC), Marine Machining Association (MMA), Philadelphia Works, Philly Youth Network (PYN) and Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition. (ACIBC).

The two-year pilot program began in May 2021 at the NSWCPD, with 2021-2022 being the recruit and hire year, and 2022-2023 being the first year, the retention year.

“After all, it’s not about how many employers are hiring. It’s about how many employers remain productive and engaged teammates,” said Joe Barto, program director for the Pennsylvania Pipeline.

The NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civil engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. The NSWCPD team performs research and development, testing and evaluation, procurement support, and in-service and logistics engineering for non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and equipment and materials related for surface ships and Navy submarines. The NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.

Date taken: 09.21.2021
Date posted: 09/21/2021 2:08 PM
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