Job training before the layoff — one worker’s story

How one worker was prepared for whatever followed American Axle strike

By Plant Engineering Staff July 7, 2008

The fallout from the general malaise in the Michigan auto industry and the specific impact of the American Axle strike continues to affect both large companies and individuals. Many who took American Axle’s buyout package are now facing the prospect of taking new jobs elsewhere in the country or learning new skills to help them find employment in the changing world of manufacturing. The story in the Detroit Free Press of one such auto worker who was proactive about training discusses not just the practical issues of job training, but also the human impact these decisions have on the workers and their families. It also points to the need to be aggressive about career development and skills training, no matter what stage of your career you are at.