A 25-chapter book that offers multiple perspectives on manufacturing in the U.S. from workforce development professionals and provides solutions for secondary schools, community colleges, universities and continuing education settings to solve the manufacturing workforce crisis.
The first-edition playbook aims “to facilitate communication and understanding and then to solve the problem [of manufacturing workforce development].... The early chapters of the Playbook present perspectives on the manufacturing workforce crisis and its range of solutions as seen by a particular author representing one of these constituencies. These perspectives have been sequenced to try to create a logical flow of ideas for someone who doesn’t work across these domains every day.... Later chapters in the playbook present real examples of how these groups have been able to cooperate to create solutions that work” (Forward). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

The most important keys to preparing “an American workforce that will enable American manufacturers to compete on a global basis” are listed below (p.173). • “Curriculum is secondary to teaching the right skills “(p.173). • “In the process of identifying the right skills, seek out the best of the best manufacturers” (p.174). • “Expect the public education system to meet the need of providing training opportunities for workers coming through the various pathways and for young students to fill the pipeline” (p.174). • “Hands-on learning with a focus on troubleshooting is essential” (p.174). • “Plan regionally for how to make this work at the appropriate scale” (p.174-175). • “Focus [on] incumbent workers first” (p.175). • “Many of these pathways [require] flexible scheduling” (p.175). • “There is no substitute for experienced instructors” (p.175). • “All training should lead to college credit” (p.175). • “Grant credit for skills already mastered” (p.176). • “Develop articulation agreements that allow the transfer of credits between institutions” (p.176). • “Adopt and use industry-recognized credentials” (p.176). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)