A Quick Start Guide for Action. Deploying Dream It. Do It. for Success and Sustainability.
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Deploying Dream It. Do It. for Success and Sustainability
Dream !t. Do !t. (DIDI) is managed by The Manufacturing Institute (Institute), the 501 (c) (3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). We are pleased to provide this guide to assist new member organizations in implementing the program within their counties, regions, or states. At present, twenty DIDI initiatives are operating throughout the country—all with different approaches and strategies that cater to local needs. This flexibility to address local demographics, economies, and educational systems is a key strength of the program. The DIDI program provides a national brand, infrastructure, support, messaging, and research to the broader roles and initiatives of each site, whether DIDI is used as a career awareness strategy, a platform for manufacturing education reform, or a driver of regional economic development.
In light of variation among deployment models, the Institute has identified common best-practices that will guide you in the process of implementing DIDI in your area. This guide, when used in combination with the Institute’s experience-based consultative services and other assets and resources provided to our members, will enable your organization to successfully and expeditiously move forward on the implementation of its own DIDI initiative. The Institute looks forward to working with you on this exciting, challenging and critically important opportunity.
Dream It. Do It. - Purpose and Vision
As older workers depart the workplace, businesses grow, and required skills advance, manufacturers face significant challenges in finding and attracting skilled and educated quality workers. Contributing to the problem of recruiting and retaining employees is the fact that young people, their parents, and educators often have an outdated, inaccurate perception of modern manufacturing as a career option. The DIDI program aims to reverse this trend by promoting the real image of modern manufacturing: innovation-driven, high-tech, high-skilled, and critical to our economic and national security. The DIDI program focuses on creating awareness among young people of the valuable career opportunities that exist in manufacturing today, and provides referral systems for them to pursue their dreams and ambitions through accessible academic and career pathways. It is designed to help fill local manufacturing workforce needs and to assist in making manufacturing a preferred career option. In the areas around the country where the program is most successful, it serves as a catalyst for positive changes that are occurring in education, training and workforce development systems as well as regional economic development.
The Institute and DIDI Executive Committee members have identified the following guiding principles that have warranted good results across the network of DIDI programs:
Identify a small consortium of area leaders who are committed to a pro-manufacturing and related business agenda and are willing to champion the effort.
Stress the value you place on your partners’ time, set expectations for the number of meetings that will be required, and emphasize the importance of their consistent participation.
All DIDI sites operate under a partnership agreement with the Institute, and an Institute consultant is available to review all aspects of this agreement with your organization. The Institute provides a variety of services and support to its member organizations: