This presentation will report results from a workforce research study conducted with funding from Verizon. 200 American manufacturers, ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries, were interviewed as to the skills needed for operators and technicians on today’s factory floor, as well as in the future. Skills that are most needed by the responding manufacturers will be reviewed in the context of specific technology areas used frequently in smart manufacturing, especially additive manufacturing, next generation design and digital fabrication. The findings focus on New Collar Job skills that are replacing Blue Collar job skills and does not include engineering. The presentation includes examples of new training models that answer the needs addressed in the study and that directly correlate to outcomes. Both digital and onsite trainings are covered, including Project-based Learning in Fab Labs and other Hands-on programs, as well as Digital Badges.
- Identify New Collar Job skills needed by manufacturers
- Design workforce training programs specific to skills
- Find workforce training programs that fit New Collar Job skills