Many New York manufacturers are positioned to grow and create jobs but remain concerned about finding job-ready candidates.  The Alliance is aware that we must also address the demographics of an aging and retiring workforce.  We need talented workers but recognize that we have an antiquated manufacturing image to overcome. We are committed to transform the outdated mindsets people have regarding manufacturing careers and make kids and parents more aware of the new possibilities.

With a rapidly evolving global economy the race for talent is becoming increasingly competitive.  In every industry, employers are asking the same question: how will we train and retain the best workers? A skilled workforce is the key to our state’s future, our childrens’ futures and economic growth. The Alliance is focused on ensuring New York’s education and workforce development systems are effective, responsive, accountable, and are capable of producing a competitive manufacturing workforce for the future.

What are Alliance Members currently doing?

Current major projects:

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Round II – All Alliance partners are working with the 30 SUNY Community Colleges to build new advanced manufacturing programs in: Machining, Precision Machining, Semi-Conductor – Nano scale Technology (mechatronics), Plastics, Welding, Optics, and Photovoltaics
  • Promoting the NAM Skills Certification System
    • NCRC – National Career Readiness Certificate
    • MSSC – CPT: Manufacturing Skill Standard Council’s Certified Production Technician Certification
    • NIMS: National Institute of Metalworking Skills Certification
    • AWS: American Welding Society Certification
    • SME: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Certification
  • Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) – Five Alliance partners are involved with P-TECH Programs.