The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is not conducting workforce development in isolation. Instead, it is working closely with industry partners statewide to meet the needs specific to their industry and manufacturing processes. The Alliance has also been accredited to provide nationally-recognized and portable industry credentials and certificates.
Three key goals of the initiative are to speed up time to completion of candidates receiving training and obtaining an industry-accepted credential; ensure 75% of students have at least one job offer by the completion of training; and, by fostering close partnerships with industry, assist students to eventually obtain permanent employment.
Some of the industries that will benefit from improved training programs turning out a workforce that allows them to be more competitive include: Food processing; textiles/apparel; home and consumer products; motor yacht and sport fishing vessels; furniture; industrial parts and equipment; automotive parts; tires and rubber; paper products; wood products; chemical and foam products; glue and adhesive products; glass; plastics; and, electrical assemblies and transformers.
A list of companies working directly with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance can be found at the Industry-Alliance Partners page. Industry has agreed to partner with colleges in the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and assist in the education and training of students by providing internship placements. They are committed to hiring these students when they have completed their training and have received their credential.
The completers of programs offered through the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance will receive a certificate, diploma or Associate degree plus a Career Readiness Certificate credential. They will also have an opportunity to receive a professional credential such as the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, Fanuc Certification in Robotics, AWS in welding or ETAI in electronics.
Additionally, the Alliance is an accredited training sponsor of the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) and is able to certify instructors that have completed NCCER instructor training. This enables NCAMA instructors to use NCCER curricula to provide nationally certified credentials in a range of fields.