Closing Virginia’s Skills and Career Planning Gaps by 2020

It takes an average of 70 days to fill open MFG production positions and costs an estimated $7,545 per hire. Developing a reliable talent pipeline can reduce those costs by as much as 50%. Further, it is achievable through industry-recognized credential attainment but the public education system cannot do this alone.

The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, is building the academic partnerships, industry credentials and educational resources, and career planning tools to close the skills and career planning gaps by 2020. With your help, Virginia industry will have a world-class talent pipeline by 2020.

Hand picking tree Raise a minimum of $250,000/year for 3 years
Money Tree $3,864,375 Projected Return on Investment

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Success Story: Austin McQuade

Austin McQuade is thrilled to be working just a few short weeks following his graduation from Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center’s Manufacturing Technology Training (MTT) Program. (Hear exciting interview with Austin on the VR Workforce Studio Podcast).

He applied to three different companies, and had two solid job offers within a week once they reviewed his application and saw that he had the coveted Manufacturing Technician One (MT1) credential from the Manufacturing Skills Institute. He accepted the job at CDA-USA and travels as a field technician servicing and repairing “labeling and filling” machines.

His position is full time with benefits. Austin received his Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10 Safety credential, Forklift Training, the Manufacturing Specialist and MT1, in his MTT program.