May 2023 Issue of SMT007 Magazine Available Now

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Hiring the right employees is always a challenge, and perhaps never more so than in today’s business environment. Between a decline in technical expertise in the candidate pool, and a shortage of hirable staff in general, EMS companies are developing new methods for finding and training a skilled workforce. In this issue, we zero in on the interplay between hiring and training–how do you train someone you’ve just hired so they can be effective on the manufacturing floor? What are the resources available to you?

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