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MSSC Quality Pre-apprenticeship Includes Hands-on CPT+ Skill Boss

Since U.S. DoL approved the MSSC Pre-apprenticeship for High Schoolers early this year as a "Quality Pre-apprenticeship," the 160 hours of "Related Training" has been based on the traditional Certified Production Technician (CPT) full Certification program. Now that MSSC is offering an enhancement--the hands-on CPT+ Skill Boss program--the Related Training will also offer that option.This pre-apprenticeship requires two summers (260 hours each) of On-the-Job Learning.  Follow this link  for more information on the two U.S. DoL-approved apprenticeships that are based on the MSSC CPT.
Successful "Heroes MAKE America" Vet Program Incorporates MSSC CPT

The NAM Manufacturing Institute HMA program has made an incredible impact since its start in January 2018. HMA goal: arm transitioning service members with industry recognized credentials including the hands-on MSSC CPT+ Skill Boss Certification. Enrolling 100 services members from Fort Riley and now expanding to Fort Hood, the program has achieved an 85% job placement rate, with average starting wages over $20, and more than 30% of graduates being placed into supervisory roles.  Follow this link for full details.  

In Speech at National Academy, MSSC Chair Notes Need to Upskill Workforce to Keep Pace with Technological Change

In plenary remarks at the National Academy of Sciences to celebrate the 30 th  Anniversary of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Leo Reddy offered his historical perspective on the successful, nationwide MEP program. In drawing upon lessons from the past to help guide MEP in the future, he noted, "The continuing reality that workforce skills development is vital for the successful deployment of advanced technologies should strengthen MEPs capacity to help small-to-medium sized manufacturers deal with the deepening workforce skills gap crisis." See Leo's full remarks by  clicking here .

Policy & Trends
Companies Must Invest in Training Needed to Keep Pace with Automation Technologies

Up to one-third of US jobs may be automated by 2030, but the demand for skilled workers will only increase as robots and other technologies fill low-skill roles, Michael Collins writes in
Industry Week , citing McKinsey Institute data. The underlying problem is that as American companies have rushed in to invest in automation, they have not invested in the training needed to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair the equipment.  Follow this link  to view the full Industry Week article. 

Skills Gap Could Cost US Economy $2.5 Trillion Over Next Decade

Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute just issued a report,  2018 Skills Gap Study , showing that 2.4 million jobs will likely go unfilled over the next decade. This growing skills gap could jeopardize $454 billion of economic output in 2028 or more than $2.5 trillion over the next decade will get up to three times worse over the next three years. Manufacturers say it takes more than two months to fill positions for skilled production workers. 

Industry 4.0 Trends in the Manufacturing Industry

A lot is being written these days about the expansion of Industry 4.0 (artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data analytics, next gen robotics). Some view these new creations as positive to growth while others express concerns regarding the impact on the workforce. There is little disagreement that it is having an impact. Here are several articles that address Industry 4.0.
The Future is for Dreamers
Today, manufacturers are adopting advanced machinery and systems, emerging concepts in design, materials, networks and data to produce complex parts and components along with highly engineered systems. A copy of the report can be downloaded  via this link .
New Blue-Collar Jobs Will Survive the Rise of AI
(Bloomberg --  Craig Torres: 11-1-18)  The plant manager at Rolls Royce's jet engine plant in Virginia says, "There are virtually no manual operations here anymore." Call it the automation paradox: The infusion of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data into the workplace is elevating the demand for people's ingenuity, to reinvent a process or rapidly solve problems in an emergency.
Manufacturers are Behind in Industry 4.0 and for Good Reason
(IW - Stephen Gold: 11-9-18) No one doubts Industry 4.0 digital technologies eventually create dramatic efficiencies and enable business leaders to make more informed integrated decisions. At this point, manufacturers who haven't figured out how to apply Industry 4.0 across their companies aren't yet falling behind. In the current technology and policy environment, an optimistic but cautious approach presently makes business sense for most of their companies.
Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class

Proposed solutions to restoring opportunities for the working class is in a new report issued by Brooking Institute. American Enterprise Institute and Opportunity America include ideas about creating jobs, increasing wages, drawing workers back into the labor force, revamping education and job training, bolstering communities and strengthening families. For report, visit the  Opportunity America website.

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LeeSa Page, MSSC Senior Advisor, authored an article for the KY Association of Manufacturers (KAM) newsletter about apprenticeships in general and the MSSC CPT Quality Pre-apprenticeship in particular. 

Pre-apprenticeship programs are key to building the talent pipeline for manufacturers because they reach those students who are enrolled in career pathways where the apprenticeship model can be utilized.  Because CPT is foundational to all sectors of manufacturing, it is the perfect fit for the TRACK program (Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky). 

Currently, four Kentucky high schools have implemented CPT training for students in several manufacturing-related career pathways. Those students and the companies that sponsor those programs are prime for setting up a TRACK program that will lead to jobs and future employees . The full article will be in KAM's upcoming December 2018 Newsletter, follow this link for an early look into this feature!

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