Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

Talented Workforce Initiative

The Council created its Talented Workforce Initiative to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent. The goal of the Council’s far-ranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy. 

The 30 Great Lakes programs nominationed included programs in cities in seven states and two provinces, as well as US and Canadian national programs.

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360 degree Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence

Academy for Manufacturing Careers

Accelerated CNC/Machinist Program

Advancing Manufacturing

Attract Qualified Foriegn Workers

Austin Polytechnical Academy

BioSkills Recognition Program


Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

Certified Production Technician (CPT)

Char-Em ISD Summer Work Program

C-TEC, Stark State and Ariel Corporation Training Program

Dream It Do It Western New York

Earn While You Learn (EWYL)

Get Engaged!

Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Indiana Manufacturers Skills Academy

Ivy Tech Machine Tool Institute

Machine Tool Technology

Manufacturing Action Plan

Manufaturing Assessment and Advancement Center (MAAC)

Manufacturing Boot Camp

Manufacturing Technologies OE/OE Program

Manufacturing, Defense & Aerospace Workforce Training and Education Grants

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program


Talent Assessment Program

Tooling U-SME

WorkAdvance - Northeast Ohio

Workforce Intelligence Network