From The Manufacturing Institute, “The Manufacturing Institute Releases Roadmap for Education Reform for Manufacturing“:
March 31, 2011, Washington, DC—The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute), the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has released a comprehensive blueprint for education reform designed to develop the 21st century talent critical to U.S. manufacturing and global competitiveness.
The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing lays out six principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like “lean” to reduce education costs; and, expanding successful youth development programs.
“These principles can and should be readily applied in current federal and state legislative and budget deliberations,” said Emily DeRocco, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “Building an educated and skilled workforce is one of the most significant actions we can take to ensure U.S. leadership in manufacturing.”
The full report is available here for download.
Workforce training was also a major theme of The FABRICATOR(r)’s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters and FMA’s 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference, held in March in Orlando. From Canadian Industrial Equipment News, “U.S. Manufacturing Can Return to Global Leadership Status, Keynoters Tell FMA Annual Conferences“:
“Major deficits in our education system hamper U.S. competitiveness on the world stage,” DeRocco said. “Our global competitors continue to surpass our education system in producing a high-volume, high-quality technical workforce.”
DeRocco issued a call to action that stressed, “Manufacturers can’t wait for the education system to reform itself.” Instead, she said, the sector must take the lead and expand industry-education partnerships to infuse technology in curricula, apply manufacturing principles in educational institutions and produce industry-based skills certifications
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