Posts Tagged ‘manufacturing education’

Like many industries facing a workforce crunch, valve manufacturers have focused on educating potential employees and have found some success in a training course started in 2009 that provides some hands-on experience.
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Throughout the history of the world, people have been transferring their skills from one generation to the next through some form of apprenticeship. Over the past few decades, however, we in the U.S. have experienced a diminished ability to pass down legacy knowledge that is trade specific in manufacturing, and some might say that, as a result, we’ve lost the will to conduct vocational training and education programs.
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Manufacturing education is imperative to the strength of American industry and the restoration of  its outdated image. Initiatives to educate the future workforce come in many forms, from high-tech classroom learning to companies opening their doors to students during such events as next week’s national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day).
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In continuing IMT Career Journal’s new series highlighting initiatives to help the U.S. manufacturing sector create good jobs, we look at the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List, which recognizes academic institutions that are teaching manufacturing students according to industry standards. Specifically, these institutions offer students the opportunity to learn skills and earn credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
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Industry remains focused on boosting U.S. manufacturing, especially as new reports indicate that manufacturing is contracting due to a sluggish economy and companies are citing difficulty hiring workers. There are new initiatives that provide a chance for manufacturers to get involved in helping the industry, from education to federal policy. Here is a closer look at several of the latest debuts and launches.
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A new wave of programs and training centers across the U.S. can give manufacturing the boost it needs to recover from the skills and talent crisis. Even more, such initiatives can strengthen industry awareness for students considering careers in the manufacturing industry. Here is a handful of new resources underway. Read more

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