Students touring a manufacturing plant


To excite America’s youth about the incredible career pathways that modern manufacturing offers, we must increase awareness and change misperceptions about the industry through exposure to hands-on experiences and engaging content.

The Manufacturing Institute’s student engagement initiatives aim to hone STEM skills, introduce students to career pathways in modern manufacturing and clarify misperceptions about these careers by providing educational tools and experiences to youth, parents and teachers.

This work is achieved through several key initiatives: Creators Wanted, MFG Day, youth-facing content focused on learning more about manufacturing careers, activities and programs, content and channel partnerships, as well as the STEM Careers Coalition.

Creators Wanted

Creators Wanted is an unprecedented national effort to build the modern manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.



Kicking off on the first Friday in October each year, MFG Day aims to showcase the reality of modern manufacturing careers and address the skills gap that is leaving more than 2.4 million American jobs unfilled by 2028. This skills gap is in part due to a lack of awareness of the incredible career pathways in manufacturing. MFG Day encourages thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to host in-person or virtual events for students, parents, teachers and community leaders to get an inside look at modern manufacturing and the exciting career opportunities that the industry offers.


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Youth Engagement

In addition to hands-on experiences, The Manufacturing Institute produces and promotes content that empowers America’s youth to get a closer look at modern manufacturing careers and companies across the country and encourages STEM skills.