New York, NY, -  The Manufacturing Institute joined GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and other business, digital, academic and not-for-profit partners today to launch a new coalition that aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness.

The Get Skills to Work coalition will focus on accelerating skills training for U.S. veterans; helping veterans and employers translate military skills to in-demand advanced manufacturing positions; and, empowering employers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans.

The Manufacturing Institute will manage several elements of the Get Skills to Work with financial and in-kind support from GE, Alcoa, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. These initial investments will help 15,000 veterans translate military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities and gain the technical skills needed to qualify for careers in this growing sector.

"The Manufacturing Institute is proud to be partnering with GE and other committed employers to make their investments in veterans and workforce training have a real impact in communities across the country, "said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. "Working with our partners, we will help create real opportunities for transitioning military to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing jobs." 

Get Skills to Work will expand successful talent matching and development programs designed by the Institute.  Working with Futures Inc., a technology company from Raleigh, North Carolina, the Institute has created a digital "badge" system to help translate applicable Military Occupational Codes (MOC), the U.S. military's system for identifying jobs, to civilian positions in advanced manufacturing. Skills matching and badge distribution will be supported by USManufacturingPipeline.com, a centralized online hub that connects manufacturing employers with veterans and transitioning military personnel.

To help prepare individuals whose military service experience doesn't immediately qualify them for available manufacturing jobs, the Institute and other partners will work with local community and technical colleges to establish the Institute's Right Skills Now for Manufacturing program, which fast-tracks attainment of industry-recognized certifications and offers training in core technical skill areas.  This program was initially launched in Minnesota with support from the Joyce Foundation.

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To learn more about Get Skills to Work, go to www.getskillstowork.org.

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