Lifelong Learning for USW Members

“Experience has shown that worker growth and development are stunted when programs are mandated from above, but flourish in an atmosphere of voluntary participation in self-designed and self-directed training and education.” USW/Company Contract Language

National Scope

Institute for Career Development is a national joint labor-management eduation program of the United Steelworkers and participating companies where USW members work.

Local Focus

Each Career Development program is locally governed by a committee composed of members of the Local Union and representatives of the participating company.

Individualized Learning

Participants design and develop their own training and education plan according to their personal goals, choosing courses and programs to meet their individual learning objectives.

News from the Field

From Our Own Backyard: James Ribley, Esquire

When Jim Ribley’s wife passed away in 2003, life suddenly, as you can imagine, became a struggle. He knew he needed a spark to help get things turned around.

So fate intervened.

Fun times during L.O.W.!

As the inaugural Learning Opportunities Week wraps up, we want to thank everyone involved for all their support.

You all have gone above and beyond what we expected -- no surprise -- and I think what we found is that we can all have a little bit of fun while at the same time accomplishing our mission.

 

Fayetteville LJC member makes L.O.W. video

As we've said before, one of the truly gratifying aspects of introducing Learning Opportunities Week is seeing all the different and impressive ways programs have gone about achieving their objective of showcasing all of the exceptional opportunities available to Steelworkers through the Career Development benefit.

And here's another one:

The company perspective

Learning Opportunities Week was created when ICD Advisory Board member Mark Langbehn came to us and asked if there was a way to incorporate the national ICD program into ArcelorMittal's annual Learning Week, which is also this week.

The company tabs its Learning Week as "a yearly reminder of the importance of learning and development for the company and its employees."

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