Advancing the manufacturing technology skills of tomorrow, today.

The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) provides relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing by offering world-class training programs delivered by MSI and MSI education partner institutions.  Through the partnership between industry and education, employers set the skill standards for MSI program offerings anywhere offered to ensure learning is linked to employment and career advancement opportunities.  Employer-specific customized training can be provided onsite or at any MSI education partner location.  Working learners advance their manufacturing technology knowledge and skills via OJT classes, classroom-based and online training offered by MSI and education partner faculty grounded in real word experience.

Hear How Virginia is Taking Action: Podcast Released Including Clips from VMA Virginia Industry Forum

Listen in by clicking below to hear how VMA and MSI have not only developed an in-depth understanding of Virginia’s workforce needs, but how they have evolved strategies to train and credential the workforce of tomorrow by reducing skills and interest gaps.

VMA and MSI are marshalling every available resource and partner in education, workforce development, manufacturing and government to build the workforce of tomorrow through effective collaborations.

Featured: Dupont, Optical Cable, Liebherr, Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center, Community College Workforce Alliance, Virginia Western Community College, Virginia Department of Education,  Phoebus High School – Hampton City Public Schools, Tidewater Community College Center for Military and Veterans Education, Virginia Values Veterans

Episode 11 Part A:  Manufacturing Jobs on the Horizon

Part B:  MSI Partner Reflections

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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. Worker skills have not kept pace with the needs of the integrated factory. The resulting “skill gaps” have produced 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs nationally. The MSI helps companies to grow, attract and retain the workforce necessary to remain competitive in today’s competitive global marketplace.

Students and Working Learners

From making jets fly to creating life-saving medicine, careers in advanced technology industries offer exceptional pay, opportunities for advancement and skills that can be transferred across multiple industries.  Whether you are already employed, getting ready to leave the military, or looking for a career change, the advanced technology industries in the manufacturing  sector have career opportunities waiting for you.

The MSI provides programs in advanced technology and automation aligned to manufacturers skills needs.  Courses are taught by instructors with professional experiences in manufacturing to ensure knowledge and skill transfer from the classroom. The MSI’s advanced technology and automation programs put individuals on an immediate career pathway leading to employment and career advancement.

VIDEO: MSI Launch in South Boston, VA on December 14, 2012

VIDEO: CBS 60 Minutes Segment Highlighting the Skills Gap on November 11, 2012