Workforce Development Initiatives Will Redefine Manufacturing Jobs

Advanced manufacturing increases productivity, enhances economic strength, drives innovation, and provides rewarding career opportunities. But the National Association of Manufacturers estimates that by 2028 manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs — staffing these good jobs cannot be achieved without first addressing a key barrier: attracting and retaining workers. Manufacturing USA has developed a national education and workforce development roadmap to help ensure the sector has the support it needs to keep growing.

The institutes within the Manufacturing USA network are helping to define the skills and training needed to satisfy manufacturers’ future requirements. These efforts include:

  • Defining new careers for automation, robotics, AI and data analytics
  • Retraining and upskilling the current workforce
  • Attracting STEM talent for the future

Each of the institutes in the Manufacturing USA network has ongoing workforce development initiatives. They are engaging 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. Many of the institutes have developed specialty online learning initiatives to develop career pathways that offer:

  • Competency-based vs. time-based learning, which allows for more individualized curricula and targeting specific skills, and usually results in higher engagement.
  • Flexibility that expands the pool of participants, an important consideration for underrepresented populations for whom traditional classroom programs may pose attendance challenges due to lack of transportation and time constraints.

Tens of thousands of workers, students, and educators in the past year have participated in institute workforce programs, including mid-career programs, apprenticeships, internships and summer camps. Workforce development plays a key role in ensuring that advanced manufacturing supports U.S. technological competitiveness and drives product and process improvements that advance the U.S. economy.

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