Tomorrow's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce
Advanced manufacturing increases productivity, enhances economic strength, drives innovation, and provides rewarding career opportunities. But projected shortfalls of as many as 2.4 million skilled workers through 2028 indicate a mismatch between current worker skills (and perception issues about today's manufacturing) and those required by advanced manufacturing.
Developing the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future means:
- Increasing students’ awareness of advanced manufacturing opportunities.
- Training newcomers (including veterans) with the high-tech skills they'll need.
- Providing enhanced training and certification to current manufacturing employees so they can move into new positions.
Here are some of the ways Manufacturing USA — through the manufacturing innovation institutes and the federal agencies that sponsor them, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy, as well as six additional partner agencies — is engaging in collaborative initiatives with educational institutions and industry to increase interest in manufacturing careers and equip manufacturing workers with the skills they need to support the advanced manufacturing of the future.
Tens of thousands of workers, students, and educators participated in institute workforce programs last year and have been empowered to take on the advanced manufacturing challenges of today and tomorrow.
Watch Ashley Totin from America Makes count down the top ten to celebrate Manufacturing Day.
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The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining was recipient of a Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award at the Defense Manufacturing Conference last week in Phoenix.
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For decades, our nation has invested billions of dollars in programs and initiatives to address the disconnection between workforce demand and supply.
However, the advanced manufacturing skills gap still exists. So that leaves the question...
Our Network @ Work
Each year the Manufacturing USA network enthusiastically participates in Manufacturing Day (MFGDay) to show students, parents, educators and the public what modern manufacturing looks like and spark interest in pursuing advanced manufacturing careers.