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US Needs More Tradespeople

FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages. It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so m...... Read more

The case for shop class: How vocational schools and gap years can help ease academic anxiety

When New Trier High School student Ben Matejka got his results from the ACT, he was pleased with his score of 27, comfortably above the national average of about 21.   But when Ben told his friends, some of their responses took him aback. He got condolences.   "My score was much higher than the national average, but New Trier is not a typical high school," said Matejka, 18, a recent graduate, who this fall headed off to start his freshman year at the  .   That attitude — that studen...... Read more

Changing the Perception of Manufacturing

When you hear words like exciting, technology, engineering, jobs and opportunity....does manufacturing come to mind?  That is what we think of, and we can help you to see the reality of what the manufacturing community has to offer.  Every parent wants their children to be more successful than they were, and advanced manufacturing is a path that can get them there.  By providing nationally recognized NIMS certificates that formalize the skills and abilities of graduates, along with targeted h...... Read more


Diana Peters, Executive Director at Symbol Training Institute, met with Governor Bruce Rauner at the Made in Elk Grove Village Expo.  This Expo is a uniquely positioned trade show, hosted annually by the village to demonstrate their commitment to attracting and keeping manufacturing firms in their community. More than 1000 members of the regional manufacturing sector were in attendance, and nearly 100 manufacturing firms were located in Elk Grove. Symbol Training Institute was on hand to shar...... Read more


Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development at Symbol Training Institute, was proud to participate in the Emerging Leaders training program sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA).   This is the 10th year that the SBA Illinois District Office has hosted the executive education series.  The program helps to connect small business owners with a network of industry peers and experts, then fosters the creation of a three year strategic growth action plan.  The graduates from the c...... Read more


Symbol Training Institute brought the manufacturing community together once again, for yet another successful job fair.   In attendance were both manufacturing companies in search of top talent and Symbol students looking to showcase their newly acquired skill set learned at the school.   Symbol Training Institute bridges the gap between skilled workers and employers seeking to fill open positions   by providing hands on training classes,  resume assistance and a proactive job placemen...... Read more

German Manufacturers Got It Right, Why Can't We

Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development at Symbol Training Institute went to German to find out what they're doing to prevent a Labor Skills Shortage.  Chicago Crains interviewed Tom upon his return:     So how does the German system for training workers in the manufacturing sector compare to the American one? There's more of a collaboration between the government and the manufacturers. The students, in essence, can graduate from their schooling in ninth grade, age 15, or 10th gra...... Read more

Symbol brings Manufacturers, Job Seekers together.

Symbol again brought together our community manufacturing partner companies and current students and graduates for another successful job fair in our state-of-the-art Skokie training facility. Manufacturing companies were on-site interviewing and handing out information to more than 50 attendees. Symbol bridges the gap between the skilled labor shortage and high in-demand manufacturing jobs. Look for our next job fair Spring 2016!... Read more

Symbol Manufacturing Job Fair a HUGE Success!

As expected our Manufacturing Job Fair was a huge success.  We hosted 22 manufacturers who had multiple job openings and had 96 job seekers attend.  What a day!... Read more

HUGE Manufacturing Job Fair! - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

We are hosting a HUGE Manufacturing Job Fair this Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10am-1pm at our Addison training center. Manufacturers will be onsite interviewing ALL LEVELS. Don't have the skills to get the job? No worries, Symbol will train and place you to work. Call for more information: (847) 673-6500.... Read more

HUGE Manufacturing Job Fair: Thursday, October 16, 2014

"In honor of National Manufacturing Month, we are hosting a HUGE Manufacturing Job Fair this Thursday, October 16th from 10am-1pm. Manufacturers will be onsite interviewing ALL LEVELS. Don't have the skills to get the job? No worries, Symbol will train and place you to work. Call for more information: (847) 673-6500 "... Read more

International Manufacturing & Technology Show is Here - Complimentary Tickets for Students & Alumni

" ?(IMTS)?is only held every two years in September at McCormick Place in Chicago and this is the week! If you are working in manufacturing and looking to grow within your organization/company, you must attend! Come visit Symbol Training Institute at booth #C-830 in the Student Summit Area* North Building, Hall C *FREE Symbol shirt for everyone who visits our booth! IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 1,900 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors. You do...... Read more

ATIM Grant Now Available

Do you live in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will County ?

Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) is accepting applications for individuals interested in advancing their skills in one of four high-demand areas of manufacturing. Right now, over 10,000 jobs are available in Illinois for:   Machine Operator (CNC)- TAKE FREE CLASSES AT SYMBOL TRAINING INSTITUTE (www.symboltraining.edu) Mechatronics (Equipment Service and Repair) Welding Logistics/...... Read more

Manufacturing Job Fair: JUNE 19, 2014

Save the date for an incredible manufacturing job fair held on June 19, 2014 at Symbol Training Institute. Manufacturing employers will be on site collecting resumes and interviewing on the spot. Come ready to get hired!
For more information, call Symbol at (847) 673-6500
Date : Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time : 10AM-2PM
Location : Symbol Training Institute, 8151 N. Ridgeway Ave., Skokie, IL 60076... Read more

Woman Helping the Manufacturing Skills Gap

" Woman Aiding in the Manufacturing Skills Gap Woman currently represent 25% of the Manufacturing Industry and with the current desperate need for skilled workers in the field, we can easily increase that number with the proper resources and guidance. We want to share a great article, published last month in the Huffington Post. [caption id=""attachment_178"" align=""aligncenter"" width=""300""] Symbol Certified Alumni helping the manufacturing skills gap[/caption]"... Read more

Crain’s Business Chicago 2013 40 Under 40 Class, DIANA PETERS

We are thrilled to congratulate Symbol Training Institute’s Executive Director, Diana Peters for being named to Crain’s Business Chicago 2013 40 Under 40 Class. What a well deserved honor!

See the full class here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/40under40-2013... Read more

Chalk Talk with Symbol & The Chicago Bears

" Although Peanut's (Charles Tillman)?season is over,?manufacturing is still red hot. ?Big thanks to the which is a sponsor of the Bears for inviting Symbol along for a WBBM Chalk Talk. ?Symbol and the IMA have been collaborating?to inform?the general public about careers and opportunities that the manufacturing industry has to offer. ?It's good to be in manufacturing! [caption id=""attachment_158"" align=""aligncenter"" width=""300""] Tillman and Peters at Chalk Talk[/caption] [caption ...... Read more

Happy Halloween: Most Popular Halloween Costumes

" Happy Halloween from Symbol Training Institute Most Popular Halloween Costumes ??Ten Most Popular Adults' Halloween 2013 Costumes 1. Witch 2. Batman character 3. Vampire 4. Zombie 5. Pirate 6. Action/super hero 7. Superman 8. Dracula 9. Cat 10. Scary costume/mask Ten Most Popular Children's Halloween 2013 Costumes 1. Princess 2. Animal 3. Batman character 4. Action/super hero 5. Spider-Man 6. Witch 7. Zombie 8. Disney princess 9. Superman 10. Fairy bout Halloween ...... Read more

Importance of Stem Education

" We would like to share a letter below that was sent today to Congressman Gutierrez from our Executive Director, Diana Peters   The Honorable Luis Gutierrez United States House of Representatives Dear Congressman Gutierrez: As a business leader in Illinois, I am voicing my dedication and support to increase the proportion of Illinoisans with high-quality, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and credentials. After meeting with Representatives Quigley and Schneider at...... Read more

DuPage Here We Come

"Symbol is excited to announce that we will be opening up a new state of the?art?hands on training?site in Addison (DuPage County) this fall.? Manufacturing companies in the area?looking to train their employees or just hire graduates will be pleased to know Symbol is on their way to help.? First set of classes will begin at the end of August.? For more information, contact our headquarters in Skokie at (847) 673-6500. Manufacturing has dramatically changed throughout the years ?It's not y...... Read more

Making Manufacturing “Cool” for our Youth

We would like to share a wonderful website and initiative on supporting MADE IN THE USA companies and products. Here is a blog post from their site which provides suggestions on how we need to market manufacturing to youths in order to help out our manufacturing community which is desperately lacking skilled workers.

We don’t have enough newbies entering into manufacturing and that is going to effect not only companies but the American people as well.

http://www.themadeinamericamovemen...... Read more

America's New Manufacturing: Training a New Workforce

"Our Executive Director, Diana Peters, was on a panel this past week in DC, hosted by the Washington Post and Siemens.? The top of this particular panel was training a new workforce.? We encourage you to click on the video below and watch the interesting discussion. >"... Read more

Women in Manufacturing Info Night: 4/18/13

Symbol, in partnership with Erie Neighborhood House, is excited to be hosting an informational night for women interested in manufacturing this Thursday, April 18th from 6pm-8pm at our hands on training facility in Skokie . Public transportation is available and refreshments will be served.?We will also be taking resumes and screening candidates on behalf of employers that night. For more information and to RSVP, contact Symbol at (847) 673-6500 Symbol Training Institute 8151 N...... Read more

"Symbol is thrilled to be panelist for the "America's New Manufacturing" Conference in Washington DC"

Our Executive Director, Diana Peters will be a panelist for the "America's New Manufacturing" Conference in Washington DC April 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW Manufacturing in America is being transformed by new technology and a younger, diverse, highly educated workforce. In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama proposed the launch of 'manufacturing hubs' to innovate new technologies that will grow our manufacturing footprin...... Read more

Keeping Manufacturing in the US

The President in his State of the Union address emphasized a push to bringing manufacturing back to the United States. He acknowledged companies such as Apple and Caterpillar for keeping jobs in the US, that would otherwise be exported elsewhere. Our economy is picking up, but true growth will only happen when American workers acquire the skills they currently lack, so that our manufacturers find it more cost-effective to hire American workers instead of exporting jobs overseas. Real economic...... Read more
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