Valencia-based supplement manufacturer Lief Laboratories launched its University of Lief Mechanical Foundations training program with Santa Clarita’s College of the Canyons, marking an effort by the company to train local talent for positions at Lief and eventually other local businesses.
The move comes as a solution at a time when the talent pool at all levels, from blue-collar workers to middle managers and executives, has become strained, according to Lief’s chief executive. Adel Villalobos.
“People need to have a lot more technical skills at all levels, a lot more computer skills, and a lot more adaptive skills in order to handle changing technologies and environments,” Villalobos told The Business Journal in a previous post. interview, adding that Covid-19 has accelerated the need for technical aptitude.
The initiative was designed with the help of College of the Canyons leaders who identified instructors and developed the curriculum, which will guide employed students through roles that will equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for careers and careers. advancement at Lief.
The initial session at Lief University will last 14 weeks at Lief’s Avenue Paine headquarters, where participants will receive instruction in the basics of electricity, hydraulics, tooling, print reading and other areas. Instruction in these subjects will prepare participants for positions including chefs, mechanics and operators.
“Lief University and the development of an educational program that invests in our employees to provide them with increased skills to support them in their professional and personal journeys has been a dream of mine for some time and I am honored to see that vision come to fruition now. a reality,” said Villalobos. “I am extremely grateful to the Chancellor (Diana) van hook and College of the Canyons for their tremendous support in helping us realize this vision.
Lief plans to expand the university initiative in the future to a larger training center at another of the company’s facilities to offer courses to the community and students outside of Lief’s employee base.
“I also look forward to expanding Lief University in the future to…help build a stronger skilled workforce, not only in our company, but for the wider Santa Valley region. Clarita,” Villalobos said. “As a member of the Los Angeles CEO Council, it is also one of my commitments to ensure that our California workforce remains competitive and that we create the right environment for businesses and communities to thrive.”
Student employees of Lief were welcomed to the first day of classes at an event at the company’s headquarters in Valencia on June 6. Official program speakers included Villalobos, Van Hook and Bardia Eslamivice president of engineering and technology at Lief.
The college covers a service area of 367 square miles and served 33,481 students in Valencia and Canyon Country during the 2019/2020 academic year, according to the school’s website.
“By creating on-site training courses tailored to specific business needs, (College of the Canyons) provides businesses with a competitive advantage by staying at the forefront of their industry. Additionally, the instruction employees receive creates a pathway to further career development learning opportunities at College of the Canyons,” Van Hook said, adding that the college will see how it can further develop the program.