EMPOWERING THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE
Solving the Skills Gap
We haven’t succeeded in reviving American manufacturing if we haven’t created opportunities for a more developed, diverse workforce to manage, design, and build the future with all the technological advantages that robotics provides.
Studies have shown that robotics helps to place workers in high-value manufacturing careers, however, a report by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte found that 4.6 million jobs will need to be filled in the U.S. manufacturing over the next decade, and 2.4 million jobs may be left open due to a lack of trained workers. The ARM Institute is working to solve this issue through dedicated Education & Workforce Development Project Calls and a new national resource (launching in 2021 – stay tuned for more information) that will connect workers with vetted training opportunities in robotics in manufacturing.
Catalyzing Workforce Innovation
- Connect workers to vetted training for a career in robotics for manufacturing through RoboticsCareer.org (launching Q1 2021).
- Endorse training that meets the highest standards set by the robotics industry in the categories of Relevance to the Industry, Effective Curriculum, Efficiency of the Training, Impact of the Program, Program Sustainability and Transportability
- Define and standardize skills and career pathways for careers in robotics in manufacturing: Robotics Technicians, Robotics Specialists, and Robotics Integrators
- Inform, educate and support SMEs through our expanding network of industries involved in education and workforce development programs.
Through comprehensive roadmapping efforts, our dedicated education and workforce development (EWD) team has identified the following challenges as areas of high-priority need:
- U.S. Education Support for Advanced Manufacturing Careers
- Negative Perceptions Surrounding Careers in Manufacturing
- Limited Resources
- Readiness of Manufacturing Workforce for Continuous Re-Skilling
- Little Coordination Between Initiatives
- Regional Skill Gaps