Advanced manufacturing occupations have the potential to provide significant opportunities for gainful employment and career growth for clients of the public workforce system. The challenge is finding appropriate training for current and future jobs in this industry. 

The following new resources, curated in the Workforce System Strategies community, present findings on best practices and identify key strategies for workforce professionals related to preparing individuals for current and projected labor force needs in advanced manufacturing occupations.

Evaluation of Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM)

This report presents the findings from an evaluation impact study of the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) program conducted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and its state partner agencies. DCEO used funding from a $12 million four-year Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grant to support the development of five regional partnerships designed to support the preparation of adults for advanced manufacturing employment opportunities.

Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC): Final Evaluation Report

The Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC) initiative enhanced job training programs in advanced manufacturing by engaging non-traditional students in training programs for middle-skill occupations. AMMOC exceeded its enrollment goals and learned valuable lessons that can help other job training program providers better serve their clients.

Evaluation of the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM): Final Report

The M-CAM consortium formed during the period following the global economic recession of 2007–2009, just as Michigan’s economy began recovering, to train workers for manufacturing jobs projected to be in demand and needed by industry. Learn more about how the eight M-CAM community colleges used Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) funding to update manufacturing equipment and technology, expand advanced manufacturing course offerings, and strengthen career pathways.