TROY — In an effort to drive business growth in Southeast Michigan, Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is inviting advanced manufacturing employers to participate in a Skills Needs Assessment Project survey recently launched by Oakland County.
Employers are ready to hire, but can’t find enough qualified applicants to fill the jobs. These are jobs that will go unfilled unless qualified workers are found, according to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
SNAP 2012 targets the advanced manufacturing industry sector in Southeast Michigan to identify gaps in the knowledge, skills and abilities of the current workforce and the barriers that prevent employers from filling advanced manufacturing job openings. 
Automation Alley encourages employers to participate in this survey. The project will also seek to gain insight from the employers on the cause of the skills gap and potential remedies. 

Customized job profiles will be developed to identify the skills lacking in the current workforce and those needed for future employment in advanced manufacturing. Full survey results will be made available in early 2013.
Visit and take the survey today. The survey link will remain open through Nov. 30. 
For more information, contact Dawn Campbell (, project manager and facilitator at EdEn Inc., the project management firm conducting the survey.