Workforce Development

Manufacturing is transitioning, older workers are retiring, and not enough younger workers are interested in a career in manufacturing.  In addition, keeping and retaining good talent can be a challenge in today’s economy. Through our partnership with FloridaMakes, your membership with FCMA offers the below training solutions at no additional charge.

Training Grant Assistance

FCMA, through partnership with FloridaMakes, works with area manufacturers to leverage sources and types of training and resources to build the workforce you need. We foster collaboration to maximize training opportunities and minimize costs. In addition, FloridaMakes works with the national network, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to build the workforce development eco-system for manufacturing. This includes working to further career ladders, competitive wages and benefits, training opportunities, as well as mentorships, internships and apprenticeships. Connect with Rob Caldwell, your FloridaMakes business advisor, who assists manufacturers through workforce needs and can help you access resources and help you identify and navigate training grant applications. He can be reached at 904-436-3266 or rob.caldwell@floridamakes.com.

ToolingU

Manufacturing Online Tooling U Tooling U-SME and the SME Education Foundation work directly with the manufacturing community to educate the next-generation workforce through SME PRIME. The partnership provides industry-driven and learner-centered curriculum to high school students at SME PRIME schools across the country. Online learning is a significant component of the tailored curriculum developed for each SME PRIME school. 500 online classes are available at a discount to FCMA members including additive manufacturing, assembly/final stage processes, leadership, machining, welding and more. Click here to request more information or contact Rob Caldwell at 904-436-3266 or rob.caldwell@floridamakes.com.

 Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Registered Apprenticeship Program

As one of the first statewide registered apprentice programs focused on entry-level manufacturing skills for new and existing employees, the IMT Apprenticeship Program is a competency-based, cost-effective alternative for employers to train their employees to their own standards.

Through mentorship and technical instruction, employees receive on-the-job training to learn necessary skills while earning a paycheck. This new program addresses entry-level skills gaps and provides foundational manufacturing knowledge regardless of the specific occupation, which will help give apprentices the tools they need to move on to more specific occupations. It also provides online, on-demand flexible access for students with lifestyle, work schedules and geographical barriers that often prohibit participation in traditional “classroom” offerings.

Program Cost: FCMA MEMBERS $950 PER APPRENTICE; NON-MEMBERS $1200
Grant Opportunity: Tuition reimbursement may be available for qualified employees. There may also be assistance available to offset the OJT costs through CareerSource Northeast Florida

NOTE – At the completion of the required on-the-job hours and curriculum the apprentice will earn a State of Florida issued, nationally recognized Industrial Manufacturing Technician certification.

For more information, check out this document: IMT Apprenticeship Announcement and please contact Rob Caldwell, Business Advisor at 904-436-3266 or Rob.Caldwell@FloridaMakes.com.