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Upcoming Event: MSI 9th Annual Workforce Symposium

Mark your calendar! The 2020 MSI Workforce Solutions Symposium will be held on August 6th at the new William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development in Chester, Virginia.  

This year’s Workforce Solutions Symposium program will include participants from the national MSI academic partner network featuring workforce development and educational best practices from industry, NGOs and academic institutions from across the United States. The day will be filled with breakout sessions and keynote speakers focused on best practices.  The innovative format and location is designed to get each of these groups out of their silos and collaborate to close the workforce skills gap.

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 Man reaching over and working on machineryAdvancing the manufacturing technology
skills of tomorrow, today.

The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), is recognized as a “Competency Model in Action” by the Competency Model Clearinghouse. The Competency Model Clearinghouse is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The goal of the clearinghouse is to inform the public workforce system about the value, development, and uses of innovative competency models. According to the USDOL ETA, a competency model provides a clear description of what a person needs to know and be able to do – the knowledge, skills, and abilities – to perform well in a specific job, occupation, or industry. Read about MSI’s Competency Model.

Innovation and technological advances are rapidly transforming US manufacturing. Production is being streamlined and processes automated.  The skills required of “advanced” manufacturing workers have likewise evolved. The resulting “skill gaps” have produced 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs nationally. The MSI helps manufacturers to grow, attract and retain the workforce necessary to remain competitive in today’s competitive global marketplace.


To increase the manufacturing capacity of communities through an established network of MSI Academic and Workforce Partners – to be the premier integrated industrial workforce solution – for everything in workforce development from career exploration to employment.