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To read more about MEP’s workforce initiatives for MEP Centers, please access our publication Creating an Innovation Practice: A Guide to Manufacturing Workforce Systems and the SMARTalent Tool
Innovation and growth are at the core of what MEP does, and manufacturers who innovate are far more successful than those who don’t. The manufacturing workforce – so critical to manufacturing innovation – is the basic, yet decisive, building block for the successful implementation of all Next Generation Strategies. To be competitive, America’s small manufacturers must integrate their workforce strategies with their business goals, develop and manage workforce skills and employee training, streamline recruitment efforts, reduce turnover, support performance, and plan for internal career mobility and succession in their entire employee population. So, if manufacturers are to engineer innovation in their businesses, workforce development investments will need to evolve from a one-off transactional type of activity to a business strategy integrated with other critical business strategies.
MEP works with partners to leverage resources and offers a wide range of resources and information to help U.S. Manufacturers in areas of workforce. Click on each initiative to learn more.
Strategic Management Acquisition and Retention of Talent (SMARTalent)
MEP is developing a technology tool called SMARTalent that will help manufacturers analyze and operationalize their workforce development strategies and automate basic tasks so that manufacturers can focus on optimizing productivity and profits. Learn more
MEP helps manufacturers with business strategies that maximize the impact of their workforce investments in line with manufacturers’ business goals. Learn more
Training and Education Partnerships
MEP partners with community and technical colleges, universities, workforce investment boards and others who can further the goal of creating the advanced manufacturing workforce of today and tomorrow. Learn more.
MEP helps manufacturers, education providers, policy-makers and leaders understand advanced manufacturing and the skills and credentials that will be needed in manufacturing careers. Learn more.
The Manufacturing Sector Lay-off Aversion Business Assistance Program is a collaboration between workforce investment board rapid response/layoff aversion teams and MEP Centers and partners. Learn more.
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