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Building a STEM Capable Workforce AIA/NDIA STEM Workforce Division Meeting Tempe, Arizona November 15-16, 2011. Jennifer McNelly Senior Vice President The Manufacturing Institute. Manufacturing Jobs for Someone Else. The Skills Gap in Manufacturing.

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Building a STEM Capable WorkforceAIA/NDIA STEM Workforce Division MeetingTempe, ArizonaNovember 15-16, 2011

Jennifer McNelly

Senior Vice President

The Manufacturing Institute

the skills gap in manufacturing
The Skills Gap in Manufacturing
  • 82% of manufacturers report a moderate-to-serious skills gap in skilled production.
  • 74% of manufacturers report that this skills gap has negatively impacted their company’s ability to expand operations.
  • 69% of manufacturers expect the skills shortage in skilled production to worsen in the next 3-5 years.
redefining our supply chain
Redefining our “Supply Chain”

Manufacturers support policies at every level of education to improve the talent pipeline.

advanced manufacturing competency model
Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model
  • High Quality Middle Class Jobs

Occupation-Specific Certifications

Career Paths – Life Long Learning

Entry Level Industry Certifications

Ready for Work, Ready for College

deployment and national scope
Deployment and National Scope

States funded by the Gates Foundation for deployment (NC, OH, TX and WA)

States funded by Lumina Foundation for Education for planning statewide deployment (AL, AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, IA, KS, MS, NV, NY, TN, WI)

States with grassroots efforts advocating for deployment and/or Dream It. Do It. states (AZ, CA, ID KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NM, PA, SC, VA)

New States

(GA, OR, OK, VT, WV)

ecosystem approach
Ecosystem Approach
  • Employer Connection
  • Identify Real Job Opportunities
  • Market Yourself to Employers
  • Secure a Rewarding Career
  • Profile/Assessment
  • Unassisted Profile Creation
  • Interest/Skills Assessment
  • Unique Footprint (top 5%)


Career Support


  • Education & Training
  • Identify Required Training/Education
  • View 2 and 4 Year Options
  • Locate Necessary Resources
  • Financial Aid
  • Internships
  • Mentors



  • Career Exploration
  • Browse Career Profiles
  • Day-in-the-life Videos
  • Select Top Prospects
The Manufacturing Institute

Jennifer McNelly

Senior Vice President

[email protected]