Workforce Development

Build An Expert Team And Empower Your Workforce

Is your workforce prepared for today’s manufacturing environment? You need to attract and retain the right employees with training and empowerment. Advanced manufacturing demands a highly skilled workforce trained in the latest digital technologies and operational processes. MassMEP has the expertise to help you determine your employee’s current skill levels and weaknesses so you can evaluate and modify employee training and development programs to ensure greater success.

Apprenticeships

MassMEP helps manufacturers increase worker output and adapt to change through hands-on training and development. Recruiting, preparing and growing the talent base are among the most critical challenges facing manufacturers.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programs that allow employers to foster talent and grow their teams by giving employees hands-on experience in a structured environment. Apprenticeship programs registered with the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) can be run directly by employers or through sponsor organizations, such as MassMEP’s CNC Machine Operator Apprenticeship. Here are the steps you need to take to register a program.

Next Steps to Register

For industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, tech, and others, you should first decide if you want to sponsor an apprenticeship program yourself or work through an intermediary. If you are working through an intermediary, then you do not need to register with DAS. However, the intermediary should be registered with DAS.

See here for a list of registered Expansion Industries apprenticeship programs. Please review the list and reach out to a sponsor to get your apprenticeship registration process started.

If you are registering a new program without an intermediary, you’ll start by filling out Part 1 – Program Sponsor Registration and Part 2 – Apprenticeship Program Model of the Apprenticeship Program Application for Expansion Industries linked here. The form requires you to enter basic information about your organization and the person who will oversee the apprenticeship program. You’ll also need to provide information about which apprenticeship program model you’ll adopt. This is where you’ll define the skills and competencies that your apprentice or apprentices will learn and master on the job. As part of the initial registration process, you’ll also need to sign off on administrative, disciplinary and other policies required to run an apprenticeship program.

All forms should be emailed to apprenticeship@mass.gov.

Tooling U-SME

MassMEP supports several intensive training programs for organizations that train employees in a variety of manufacturing-based careers. Tooling U-SME is our online course offering. We advance the next generation by supporting your organizational effectiveness with an expert team of skilled employees through employee development.

Measurable results, that’s the Tooling U-SME advantage. Take your training to the next level with Tooling U-SME. Tap into the highest level of expertise in workforce development for your training needs. Tooling U-SME works onsite with your human resources, management, and front-line team members to develop a business case for a training and development program, determine gaps in performance, and build a training strategy that delivers measurable ROI.

MACWIC Credentialing Levels 1 & 2

More people with the right skills. The MACWIC Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway is an advanced manufacturing certification and credentialing system. Dedicated to supporting manufacturing growth initiatives, this evaluation process enables employers to match candidates with the right competencies for each position – and reduce hiring costs in the process.

Hiring a MACWIC certified student means hiring with increased confidence. MassMEP offers the only industry-recognized credentialing system embedded within the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational High School Machine Tool Technology curriculum guidelines. In addition to high school students, MassMEP also provides MACWIC credential testing for a wide variety of continuing adult education programs, community colleges and prisoner re-entry training classes throughout the state. Those MACWIC certified applicants with MACWIC Level 1 Certification also receive pre-apprentice certification from the Mass. Division of Apprentice Standards. For more information, contact Wendy Storm, MACWIC Vocational Coordinator wendys@massmep.org.

Manufacturing Your Career

This resource will assist you in learning about manufacturing careers by connecting you with Massachusetts manufacturers. Here you’ll find links to their websites, information about their processes and products and the types of outreach they offer to schools and students. They also post potential job opportunities, co-ops, internships, and the right people to contact if you are interested in any!

All Made Possible ("AMP")

All Made Possible (“AMP”) is an education and workforce development program established by MassMEP to introduce upcoming generations to the diverse career disciplines and future employment opportunities within the advanced manufacturing industry. AMP complies with the Commonwealth’s Frameworks for standards-based learning for integration into any 6-10th grade classroom within the Massachusetts public school system.

The program’s six-week curriculum is delivered in a series of structured classroom modules, field trips, and capstone presentations. Strategic partnerships with local universities and manufacturers enable students to connect directly with critical segments of the industry’s career pathways.

AMP will serve as a gateway to talent for Massachusetts’s manufacturing community. MassMEP founded AMP to ensure Massachusetts’s next-generation workforce keeps pace with the rapid modernization of our industry amidst a national commitment to innovation in advance manufacturing. For more information contact Sean Killam, Entrepreneur Programs Director seank@massmep.org.

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