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January 30, 2018

Leading apprenticeship advocate to headline March 21 Workforce Summit

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
Matt Poischbeg, vice president and general manager of Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett, will headline AWB's March 21 Workforce Summit. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)
AWB President Kris Johnson shares a laugh with Matt Poischbeg, VP and general manager at Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett, during the AWB Manufacturing Week Tour bus stop there on Oct. 5, 2017. 

An apprenticeship changed Matt Poischbeg’s life, and he’s sharing that story at AWB’s Workforce Summit in March.

Poischbeg is the vice president of Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett and a leading advocate of workforce development in the Washington employer community. His company, like many, has had trouble finding qualified workers.

Poischbeg’s talk, “Are You Pipeline Ready?,” will lead off AWB’s 2018 Workforce Summit, scheduled for March 21 at the Hilton Bellevue. This year’s themes are innovation in education and preparing the next generation workforce. 

Poischbeg’s remarks will kick off a full day of workforce panels and presentations, including innovation in education, workforce, apprenticeships and employee engagement. The day ends with a networking reception and entertainment. Click here to register.

Poischbeg is no stranger to warming up a crowd. In 2016 he presented a TEDx Talk in Mulkiteo.

“Apprenticeships are the backbone of the middle class in many countries, but here in America, their value is totally underestimated,” Poischbeg said. “And that’s a shame. We need to transform our K-12 education system, so it does not automatically push our children into the academic route. Not everyone has to go to college right out of high school.”

Check out Poischbeg’s talk below.