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Apprenticeship & WBL for Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing companies use work-based learning to help workers become productive experts in the technical aspects of advanced manufacturing machinery and processes.

Apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning have helped manufacturers respond to multiple staffing and talent challenges, including an aging workforce, constantly changing technologies, and a lack of standardized training. When companies are unable to overcome challenges like those, their workforces become less productive, their profits decline, and they begin to lose their capacity to innovate. But if they have well-designed work-based learning programs, they can attract new workers and provide current employees with opportunities to learn new skills and stay up to date on the latest technological advances.

Our recent study showed that employers who implemented the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program had a 48 percent return on investment.

As this chart illustrates, apprenticeship programs exist for a range of manufacturing occupations:

Resources for WBL in Advanced Manufacturing

Webinar

Women in Skilled Manufacturing Apprenticeships & Careers: An Introduction To Equity and Inclusion

The recordings of this 2-day virtual institute provide manufacturing industry leaders with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for hiring and retaining women. The recordings of this 2-day virtual institute provide manufacturing industry…

September 22, 2020
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IMT Apprenticeship Provides Positive Return on Investment for Employers

JFF’s new study shows that employers who implemented the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Registered Apprenticeship program had an impressive 48 percent return on investment. A new study from JFF shows that U.S. advanced manufacturers that…

August 18, 2020
Webinar

Creating an Equitable & Future-Focused Manufacturing Workforce with Apprenticeship

Discover how apprenticeship can help your manufacturing business become a more competitive player and an employer of choice for a diverse pool of talented workers from a wide range of backgrounds. Discover how apprenticeship can…

March 17, 2021
In the News

JFF Director Myriam Sullivan in “Apprenticeship Helps Women Enter, and Advance in, the Skilled Trades”

JFF Director Myriam Sullivan in “Apprenticeship Helps Women Enter, and Advance in, the Skilled Trades” JFF Director Myriam Sullivan recently wrote a profile of the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program for a USA Today…

September 11, 2020
Report/Research

The Next-Gen IMT Apprenticeship: A Return on Investment Study

This study measures the business impact of the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Registered Apprenticeship program on six apprenticeship sponsors. Apprenticeships are drastically underutilized as a standard part of the development and training of the American workforce.…

July 31, 2020
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Bilingual Training Can Lead to Equitable Economic Recovery

With the nation facing an urgent need to redesign workforce and education systems, an innovative program called GOAL can serve as a model that inspires bold leaders to take a new approach to job training.…

July 13, 2020
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Apprenticeship Is Vital to Manufacturing's Post-Pandemic Recovery

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, apprenticeship can play an important role in efforts to foster an equitable economic recovery as a key component of new talent development programs and efforts to retrain or…

May 29, 2020

Widen the Net: A Sensible Way to Increase the Supply of Skilled Labor in Manufacturing

By mining sources such as those and cultivating a diverse workforce, manufacturers have an opportunity to not only alleviate the pressure of the talent shortage they’re facing today, but also drive innovation and business growth.

October 4, 2019
Report/Research

Growing Opportunities in Manufacturing through Bilingual Upskilling

The bilingual GOAL training program provides opportunities for English Language Learners to progress in advanced manufacturing careers. The bilingual GOAL training program provides opportunities for English Language Learners to progress in advanced manufacturing careers. This…

May 6, 2020
Report/Research

Giving Manufacturing Career Pathways a LIFT

This book chapter from an upcoming compilation explores the way the Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship supports workers and companies’ needs. This book chapter from an upcoming compilation explores the way the Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship…

March 11, 2019
Case Study

Work-Based Learning in Action

*Work-Based Learning in Action* is a series of case studies highlighting effective models of work-based learning. Work-Based Learning in Action is a series of case studies highlighting effective models of work-based learning. JFF has identified…

May 22, 2018
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JFF WBL Bookshelf: Advanced Manufacturing

Our favorite resources on work-based learning in advanced manufacturing from across the field. JFF’s bookshelf pulls together our favorite reads on apprenticeship and work-based learning from across the field. We’ll continue to update our bookshelves…

May 27, 2020

Advanced Manufacturing WBL Programs

Case Study

Building Workers' Skills at Ralph H. Simpson Co.

An Illinois manufacturer uses the Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship program to build its workers’ skills. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program provides frontline manufacturing production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the…

April 10, 2020
Case Study

JFF Drives Talent Growth for John Deere

JFF partnered with John Deere to build and deliver a national apprenticeship program for agriculture and equipment technicians and heavy construction equipment mechanics. Background John Deere is one of America’s most successful, resilient, and iconic…

May 6, 2020
Case Study

IMT Critical to Growth at Hayes Performance Systems

Hayes has a long history as a manufacturer of motorcycle brakes, and it’s seeking to extend that expertise into other automotive markets. For Hayes to diversify successfully, its workers need to be flexible, nimble, and…

May 8, 2018
Case Study

JFF Supports Lockheed Martin’s Apprentice Workforce

JFF worked with Lockheed Martin to transform an inefficient, state-by-state apprenticeship model into a centralized and streamlined national program. Background Lockheed Martin corporation is one the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies. The company employs…

June 6, 2020
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Manufacturing Opportunities for All with Lippert’s Apprenticeship Program

Manufacturer Lippert Components offers a bilingual apprenticeship program to help the 33% of their team members who are Latinx reach their fullest potential. Manufacturer Lippert Components offers a bilingual apprenticeship program to help the 33%…

March 16, 2020
Case Study

Workforce Development Institute: Teamwork Makes the IMT Dream Work

This profile highlights how WDI, a Michigan intermediary, expands the IMT apprenticeship program through building and maintaining close relationships with employers. Intermediary Profile Workforce Development Institute (WDI) This workforce product was funded by a grant…

February 20, 2020
IMT Employer: Stacey Rose, Kroger, Senior Manufacturing HR & Leader Relations Manager
JFF · Stacey Rose, The Kroger Co.

Advanced Manufacturing WBL Participants

Case Study

Always Growing and Learning: Press Operator Explains The Value Of The IMT Apprenticeship

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, in partnership with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP and JFF, developed the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship. Its impact is showcased in this profile of a participant in the…

July 5, 2018
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Apprentice to Journey Worker: First IMT Registered Apprentice Transforms Her Career

With support from WRTP/ BIG STEP and JFF, manufacturing employers have transformed the skills of their workforce with apprenticeship programs like the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Registered Apprenticeship. “It’s all about self-growth. If a person is…

June 12, 2018
Case Study

César Barrios: A Career With No Limits

A workforce training program helps a Venezuelan immigrant with an American dream get his motor running. Participant Profile Cesar Barrios A workforce training program helps a Venezuelan immigrant with an American dream get his motor…

December 16, 2019
Case Study

IMT Accelerates Apprentice's Career Opportunities

As a result of his Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship, Rick Bostwick is moving up the career ladder at Dayton-Phoenix Group. In 2016, Rick Bostwick had been working on factory floors for more than 10 years…

June 21, 2019
Case Study

José Romero: Scoring with GOAL!

Spanish-language training program provides career opportunities to onetime asylum-seeker. José Romero once had a comfortable life in Venezuela, with a job he enjoyed at Corpoelec, the state-owned electric company. But in 2016, as his country’s…

June 21, 2019
Case Study

Sarah Sanchez: New Skills, Innate Abilities

With GOAL, Sarah Sanchez combined her innate abilities with new training to further her career. Participant Profile Sarah Sanchez New Skills, Innate Abilities   Sarah Sanchez has always worked to help others. When she was…

December 16, 2019
Participant: Brandi Dunham (first graduate of IMT apprenticeship program), Hayes Performance Systems
JFF · Brandi Dunham, Hayes Performance Systems
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