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Lincoln Electric to address skills gap, ways to engage the workforce of tomorrow at ACTE CareerTech

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article image Deanna Postlethwaite, Lincoln Electric’s Virtual Reality Welding Training Business Unit Manager

Deanna Postlethwaite and Sarah Evans of Lincoln Electric will present two educational sessions at the ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2013 conference, Dec. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The two sessions will look at virtual reality welding and other welding training and education solutions to bring more qualified workers into skilled trades.

The manufacturing industry faces a skilled labour shortage, which can be eliminated by developing new ways to engage, excite and attract new workers to the sector. Lincoln Electric is helping to make this happen with new technology and solutions that appeal to today’s youth, and tomorrow’s workforce, supporting the efforts of Career Technical Education programs worldwide. 

The two separate presentations by Deanna Postlethwaite and Sarah Evans will examine new trends and initiatives aimed at growing the skilled labour base.

In her presentation on Dec. 5, ‘Educate, Engage & Excite – The Benefits of Using Virtual Reality Welding Simulators’, Postlethwaite, Lincoln Electric’s Virtual Reality Welding Training Business Unit Manager will explore various ways to supplement traditional welding training with virtual reality arc welding training systems. She will focus on how simulation can enhance and supplement welding education programs and also discuss findings of several independent studies that support the claim a blended training program of virtual education and hands-on welding training can increase learning speed, comprehension and test results for typical students. The session will run from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in room N227.

On Dec. 6, Lincoln Electric’s Virtual Solutions Product Manager Sarah Evans will present, ‘Attracting and Engaging Students to Address the Labour Shortage in Skilled Trades’ from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in meeting room N224. She will discuss new ways to recruit students into skilled trade education programs, including the use of virtual reality welding training systems as part of a blended learning approach that bolsters student interest and engagement in the learning process and in long-term career options in the skilled trades. Evans will also cover the opportunity to use virtual welding training in mobile outreach and training programs.

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