Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap

The NAM’s Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce took on a yearlong effort to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities. Made up of 17 NAM Board members representing large and small manufacturers, the task force’s approach was unique and in true manufacturing form with an eye on results, creativity and hands-on involvement. These manufacturing executives met with governors, educators, members of Congress and their staffs, think tanks, economic development experts and countless others to share experiences and best practices. The task force created the toolkit and guide you see below to help manufacturing leaders collaborate in their local communities to determine the key competencies needed for new hires to succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing operations, develop a plan for local workforce training providers to deliver the needed training and grow a pipeline to ensure a supply of future skilled talent.

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