Community leaders play a significant role in connecting a variety of different partners to close the skills gap. 

Community leaders bridge the connection between economic and workforce partners, manufacturing associations, educators, and other community organizations to help build a manufacturing talent pipeline for your local community.

Whether you work at a Workforce Investment Board, economic development, or partner with them in regional skills development, this toolkit is for you.

There are four major steps outlined in our toolkit for successful implementation of the Skills Certification System. To learn more about how communities can help support its manufacturing workforce, read our Skills Certification System Community Toolkit.

In addition, we are using our Close the Skills Gap framework to develop a regional roadmap. We launched the first in Arizona, teaming up with the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership to address the current and future skills and workforce development gaps in their region. Read the Close the Skills Gap in Arizona framework for more information. The second regional roadmap we launched was with Partners for a Competitive Workforce in the Greater Cincinnati tri state region.


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