Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Jay Timmons at KU

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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Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Guide: Workforce Toolkit Solving the manufacturing skills gap has become a central issue at
the local, state and national level-spurring countless programs and
collaborations. You may even be involved with some of these efforts.
The most successful initiatives are led by manufacturers aligned to
speak with one voice about the workforce they need to sustain and
grow their operations.

- Workforce Guide: Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap
- Manufacturing Workforce Powerpoint

  • Chip Blankenship, president and CEO, GE Appliances & Lighting (Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce chair)
  • Ron Bullock, chairman, Bison Gear & Engineering Corporation (Manufacturing Institute Board of Trustees immediate past chair)
  • Carlos Cardoso, chairman, president and CEO, Kennametal Inc.
  • Enrique Conterno, senior vice president and president, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Daniel Cruise, global vice president, government affairs and business development, Alcoa Inc.
  • Mark Dobbins, senior vice president, corporate secretary, SUMCO Phoenix Corporation
  • Collie Hutter, president, Click Bond, Inc.
  • John Lundgren, chairman and CEO, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Peggy Montana, executive vice president, US Pipeline/Special Projects, Shell Oil Company
  • Blake Moret, senior vice president, control products and solutions, Rockwell Automation (Manufacturing Institute Board of Trustees chair)
  • Nicholas Pinchuk, chairman and CEO, Snap-on Incorporated
  • Austin Ramirez, president and CEO, HUSCO International, Inc.
  • Thomas Riordan, president and CEO, Neenah Enterprises, Inc.
  • Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO, Tenneco Inc.
  • Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, CEO/design engineer, Quality Float Works, Inc.
  • Chris Womack, president, external affairs, Southern Company
  • Thomas Yura, senior vice president and general manager, BASF Corporation