Today, manufacturing thought-leaders, including many NAM-member company CEOs, delivered the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 report to the Obama Administration. The report includes recommendations that recognize the importance of advanced technology to manufacturing products and processes as well as the necessity of a skilled workforce to sustain the manufacturing comeback. The NAM welcomes policies and initiatives that will keep us ahead in the global marketplace.
Manufacturers in the United States are the world’s leading innovators, owning more patents than any other industry and spending the most on private sector R&D. However, we cannot rest on our laurels. That is why the NAM created its D.A.T.A. Center to highlight this intersection of manufacturing and technology. The D.A.T.A. Center continues to lead this effort and engage the general public, policymakers and media in many ways. Just last month, our thought-leadership event in San Francisco highlighted the symbiotic relationship between Silicon Valley and the manufacturing industry. We are pleased the recommendations released today also place a premium on supporting the innovative leadership of manufacturers.
Today’s report also highlights the importance of public-private partnerships in developing the skills necessary for today’s modern manufacturing. Workforce issues, including industry-recognized certifications and the development of clear identification of career pathways, have been front and center for the NAM and our affiliate, The Manufacturing Institute, for years. Earlier this month, we delivered an action plan developed by our board-level Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce to all NAM members that will help improve workforce preparedness and capabilities. Today’s announcement and our work on the issue demonstrate the continued need to come together to map out solutions.
Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly spoke at today’s event at the National Academy of Sciences regarding the talent pipeline. She detailed how the manufacturing sector can continue to “flourish” with “a skilled workforce and by working with all partners.” To underscore that effort, the Institute today released its workforce development tools.
We are pleased to see the Administration accept the recommendations of the NAM member company leaders of the AMP. These types of cooperative partnerships will help ensure that manufacturers can continue to innovate and compete in the 21st-century economy.
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