Attend this session to learn the Importance of experiential learning to build the future workforce.
In March 2017, a national news syndicate published a story, “Add one robot on the manufacturing line, watch five jobs go poof.” At the same time, there were more than 364,000 open positions in manufacturing across the United States. Robots aren't the problem! The problem is an antiquated education and workforce development process. Advanced manufacturing is more than automation and process improvements. It understands that manufacturers must make their workforce. The predatory practice of buying your workforce from your fellow manufacturers through higher wages and benefits is inflationary and not good for the industry. Making, not buying, your workforce recognizes that we can no longer afford to train our workforce twice: Teaching theory in the classroom and teaching practice on the shop floor.
Colorado has launched an innovative approach that combines theory and practice as early as the 10th grade. The result is an educated workforce that meets the needs of participating companies. In today’s world economy, where skilled workers are the new international currency, manufacturers can’t afford not to advance their workforce development process.
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA)
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