Samsung home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County


Today’s emerging workers are the solution to the workforce challenges of the present and future. The Manufacturing Institute’s key programs and initiatives provide hands-on solutions and best practices on a national scale.

Equipping today’s workers with the skills, network and knowledge to build the future workforce is mission critical for the Manufacturing Institute.

Among business leaders and the American workforce, The Manufacturing Institute creates and facilitates best-in-class workforce and education programs that support and grow the manufacturing workforce through professional development, skills training and industry-leading research.

students in a manufacturing plant


The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is the premier advanced manufacturing workforce development and education program. Founded by Toyota in 2010, FAME helps students become highly skilled, globally competitive, well-rounded and sought-after talent who can meet the unique needs and challenges of today’s modern manufacturing workforce. Every year, FAME graduates transition into well-paying, diverse career pathways in critical disciplines across the manufacturing industry and across the country.


Second Chance Hiring

Partnering with Stand Together, and with a grant from the Charles Koch Institute, the Manufacturing Institute is enabling industry to grow the modern manufacturing workforce while closing the opportunity gap. Through roundtable discussions, webinars, C-suite leadership events, case studies and research, the Manufacturing Institute is helping manufacturers navigate second chance hiring and best practices.

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The Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub - the company’s worldwide hub for 60Hz fossil power generation equipment manufacturing and service, with additional capabilities for the 50Hz market. Opened in 1969, the facility has manufactured and serviced generators and steam turbines for the power generation market for decades.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Access to a highly skilled and educated workforce is the most critical element for innovation success. Increasingly, companies report they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced manufacturing workplaces. These skill shortages pervade all stages of manufacturing— from engineering to skilled production. Industry recognized certifications and credentials are essential to create a workforce that is prepared and successful in the 21st century workplace.


Workforce Projects

The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with employers, educators and communities across the nation to implement solutions to build a skilled manufacturing talent pipeline.