Earlier this month, the ARM Institute hosted a Manufacturing and in partnership with the White House, Department of Labor, Department of Education, and Manufacturing USA, the ARM hosted a Manufacturing USA Institute Workforce Strategy Meeting at our Pittsburgh facility. This was the final meeting in a small series of meetings held at Manufacturing USA Institute facilities and the outputs from this meeting will be used to inform White House workforce policy.
The Strategy Meeting convened representatives from the Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Department of Defense, The White House, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other key stakeholders to explore cross-institute workforce strategies, existing institute efforts, and strategies moving forward to empower the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Attendees also toured the ARM Institute facility and saw demonstrations of some ARM Institute robotics projects that are strengthening U.S. manufacturing.
Specifically, the meeting:
- Explored workforce implications of another type of innovation manufacturing.
- Discussed long-term strategy for institute participation in eco-systems for manufacturing workforce development, including partnership with government agencies, training providers, and labor and community organizations.
- Explored ways that institutes can become partners in solving recruitment and retention issues, to promote innovation that benefits firms, workers, and communities. Key tools are establishing sector partnership (an evidence-based way of bringing all workforce stakeholders together) and increasing worker voice (a stakeholder often not represented).
The ARM Institute was honored to host this event and looks forward to collaborating with our fellow Manufacturing USA Institutes and the various government agencies in attendance to move these goals forward!
ABOUT THE ARM INSTITUTE
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Agreement Number W911NF-17-3-0004 and is part of the Manufacturing USA® network. The ARM Institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of 390+ consortium members and partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen our economy and global competitiveness, and elevate national security and resilience. Based in Pittsburgh, PA since 2017, the ARM Institute is leading the way to a future where people & robots work together to respond to our nation’s greatest challenges and to produce the world’s most desired products. For more information, visit www.arminstitute.org and follow the ARM Institute on LinkedIn and Twitter.