Academy of Advanced Manufacturing

Skilling Up

  • 4 Quality Education
  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

A chance for the rust belt to reinvent

Manufacturing didn’t die, it evolved. Technology changed the nature of jobs and labor became cheaper elsewhere. And most times, the existing workforce didn’t change their skill set and people got left behind. Today, new manufacturing is back to boom. If we’ve learned anything from history it’s that it need not repeat itself. That’s why what’s emerging from the rust belts and old industrial areas around the world is so encouraging. Twenty-first century manufacturing is advanced and it’s digital. It’s not dirty or dull or dangerous. It’s a growth industry, with the potential to employ plenty of people—if they have the skills. And that’s how ManpowerGroup and Rockwell Automation are leading the way.

A Growing Skills Gap

  • 3.5
    Million new jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector by 2027
  • 2.5
    Million manufacturing workers set to retire by 2025
  • 46%
    of U.S. employers continue to experience talent shortages

of employers plan to provide additional training and development

To tackle the growing skills gap, ManpowerGroup and Rockwell Automation have developed the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing. This innovative program launched in August 2017 gives individuals 12 weeks of comprehensive education to develop their current skills into the skills needed in the fast-growing automation industry. By focusing on new technology and soft skills they’re equipped for sustainable employment in the future.

Returning to service—in a new industry

Enlisting in the military takes dedication and sacrifice. Commitment. Strength. Honor. Bravery. More than 200,000 veterans are discharged every year with the exact work ethic, smarts and experience that hiring managers dream about.That’s why our partnership with Rockwell Automation is growing, with classes in Ohio and Wisconsin, and a target to provide skills training to 1,000 veterans each year. Already, we’re creating a pool of certified job candidates for in-demand advanced manufacturing roles across the United States. And this program is designed to tap other underutilized workers, identifying their potential and actively encouraging skills development for the future.

“Military veterans possess a unique combination of technical savvy and core work skills that makes them well-positioned for careers in today's advanced manufacturing environments.” — Blake Moret, CEO, Rockwell Automation

Training for the future together

The program requires some sacrifice — participants spend 12 weeks away from home so they are almost always on the job. Our first classes have quickly become like family, with a culture that encourages working together, taking risks, and having each other’s backs. And it’s working — with a 95% graduation rate in all classes so far.

“It’s not just a training program for individuals… it’s a family. They stay close, they want to help each other out. You make sure that everybody finds that finish line.” — Ryan Stultz, Program Delivery Lead, Academy of Advanced Manufacturing

A win-win

Participants are those who have the desire to acquire new skills (high in what we call learnability), and want to significantly increase their earning potential. In addition, manufacturing employers get access to highly skilled candidates, and an opportunity to create more sophisticated manufacturing. It’s a winning formula.

  • 4 Quality Education
  • 5 Gender Equality
  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 10 Reduced Inequalities
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