How can employers become engaged and begin to make a difference?

  1. Know your own workforce: Analyze existing workforce to identify skill gaps and personnel needs
  2. Make sure educators know what you need: Join educational advisory boards and curriculum committees
  3. Help train tomorrow’s workforce: Serve as adjunct faculty members in educational programs
  4. Get to know potential employees before they are hired: Create “learn and earn” opportunities in manufacturing with job shadowing, OJT, internships, and apprenticeships
  5. Make sure students understand manufacturing: Become mentors for students
  6. Connect with schools to find future employees: Participate in career exploration activities, including employer career fairs, employer networking sessions, speakers, company tours, etc.
  7. Educate the public about careers in manufacturing: Participate in Manufacturing Day
  8. Make sure your employees have the right skills for the job: Assist educators with implementing the NAM Skills Certification System
  9. Show teachers and guidance counselors about manufacturing jobs: Support Teacher in the Workplace programs
  10. Help to educate students, parents, guidance counselors, teachers, etc. about manufacturing careers
  11. Produce videos of your manufacturing operation and publicize what you do
  12. Donate equipment, supplies, and other leveraged resources to educational programs
  13. Provide support for grants and scholarships