-  Across the nation, manufacturers are unified in emphasizing the need for a strong technical workforce to meet the needs of advanced manufacturing. Today the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion held a hearing to highlight that need titled, “Promoting American Competitiveness: Filling Jobs Today and Training Workers for Tomorrow.”  We are pleased to see the subcommittee attempt to address this serious concern.

The President of the Manufacturing Institute, Jennifer McNelly, testified at the hearing, highlighting that the best way to train workers for job in an advanced technical economy is to ground that learning in industry-based credentials in coordination with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. The testimony, which was well-received by the Committee, pointed out,”… we need a new strategy for our manufacturing workforce, grounded in industry standards, with new and renewed cooperation with industry, education, economic development, and the public workforce investment system.”

As Sub Committee Chair Klobuchar stated in her opening statement, “…this is not your grandfather’s vo-tech.”  Growing our national technical workforce will keep manufacturers competitive and growing in the US.

Read Jennifer McNelly's full testimony

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