students and career-training adultsPULASKI, N.Y. — Fulton Cos. and Synex Controls recently welcomed more than 30 high school students and career-training adults for an onsite visit, as part of a commitment to encouraging and providing opportunities for trade trainees.

Shown here, Synex Controls business manager Joel Southwell discusses career options in the heat-transfer industry with participating pupils from local welding, electrical wiring technology, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning programs.

“Nationally, there is a lack of training for the skilled trades professionals who are so needed in the manufacturing sector,” said Southwell. “Proactive training of high school students is an investment that U.S. manufacturing companies with the skilled workforce need to compete in today’s economy.”

Despite the nation’s current weak job market, the demand for workers qualified to perform many highly skilled jobs continues to grow, said Mark Hilton, vice president for manufacturing and new product development, Fulton Cos.

“There’s been a dramatic decline in the number of people who possess these skill sets,” said Hilton. “The kids represented in this visit have a really bright future in a time when we hear a lot of disheartening news about unemployment.”

Publication date: 05/28/2012