Episode 635: Accelerating Manufacturing Training Through Gaming

Tina Zwolinski, CEO and Founding Partner of SkillsGapp, discusses how manufacturers can get 20- and 30-year olds engaged with manufacturing through skills training built on gaming designed for each manufacturer’s specific needs.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Tina Zwolinski

Tina Zwolinski is the CEO of ZWO, a national branding firm with offices in Greenville, SC, Laguna Beach, CA, and San Salvador, South America. Over a period of more than 20 years she has worked with economic developers like Upstate Alliance, technical schools like Greenville Tech, with numerous manufacturers, and with the Department of Commerce on marketing the state of South Carolina and its regions. She is the founder of a second recent startup, skillsgapp, the first in the skills-based training sector to offer customized gaming apps focused on helping Generation Z gain the middle skills necessary to participate in the massive skills-based jobs sector that includes manufacturing and other technical industries. The mobile, interactive apps allow middle and high school students in any region, particularly rural areas, to achieve the skills necessary to pursue careers in skills-based industries. As a teenager, Tina worked in the summers at Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace and military manufacturer. She is passionate about reaching the future workforce for middle-skills jobs, helping states meet their industry recruitment and economic development needs, as well as helping manufacturers and other industries fill their talent gaps.

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