Pre-Conference Focus Day

Monday September 27, 2021
2pm – 5pm

(Must be booked separately - not included in conference-only ticket)

Find & Inspire The Next-Gen Skilled Workforce 

Rethinking What Manufacturers Can Do Differently to Attract & Develop The Next Generation Skilled Workforce

Begin your LEAP HR: Manufacturing experience by tackling critical questions addressing how we find, inspire, and energize the current and future skilled manufacturing talent we need for critical product outcomes.


This is your opportunity to plug into the very latest thinking into how the Manufacturing Institute and manufacturing organizations – including Toyota, Eli Lilly, and GE Appliances are rethinking how to break away from misconceptions and find the front-line talent more effectively they need to remain competitive.


The Questions to Be Addressed Include:


Where Are We Now?
Re-evaluate the impact of the current manufacturing skills gap and how industry initiatives like the Manufacturing Institute’s FAME career pathway seeks to do more of to have a continuous stream of new-to-field skilled workers with a world class technical preparation


Where Do We Need to Get To?
Address changing skillsets, expanding beyond skilled workforce benefits and towards new reward models to support the successful opening of new plants or production lines


How Are We Going to Get There?
Hear from manufacturers, students and instructors involved in the FAME career pathway to get a better understanding of how you can not only close the gap in sufficient numbers of technicians to fill skilled jobs, but also the gap in education and preparation to be job-ready


What’s Next?
Identify how you can make career pathways impactful for your business and your most ambitious employees, and evaluate follow on programs and what the future holds for the evolving manufacturing skills shortage

Your Pre-Conference Focus Day Contributors

Dennis Parker

Dennis Dio Parker
Developer of FAME and the FAME Career Pathway
Toyota most recently seconded to
The Manufacturing Institute

Tony Davis

Tony Davis
Senior Director,
Workforce Initiatives
The Manufacturing Institute