News Release from AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2016



Penelope Brown
Director, Marketing & Communications
(703) 827 - 5275



 AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Selected as National Partner to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Initiative will enable more companies to provide students and workers with skills for success


McLean, Va., (November 15, 2016) -  AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to be partnering with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. AMT will work with NIMS to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools.  As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor. 

“For over two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce development groups and community colleges to stand up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.”  

AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its Smartforce initiative. Smartforce serves to promote STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce-ready candidates.

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies. 

“One way AMT demonstrates its mission to develop a qualified pipeline of skilled workers for the advanced manufacturing industry is by helping its members develop apprenticeship programs,” said Greg Jones, AMT Vice President – Smartforce. “The skilled worker shortage has helped popularize apprenticeships, which are a time-tested, earn-while-you-learn model that can boost the growth of small to mid-size manufacturers. We are proud to promote ApprenticeshipUSA, NIMS’ new initiative to expand registered apprenticeships within manufacturing.”

Other stakeholders supporting expansion of registered apprenticeships in manufacturing include: 

  • National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) 
  • Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) 
  • Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) 
  • Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) 
  • The Aluminum Association (AA) 
  • Business Roundtable (BRT) 
  • Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) 
  • Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by ManufacturingUSA 
  • Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) 
  • National Governors Association (NGA) 
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) 

NIMS is seeking companies and industry partners that are interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships. Companies that are interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations that are interested in partnering with NIMS should go to or email the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

About NIMS 
NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries. In September 2016, NIMS was selected by the Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship within manufacturing. Through these efforts, NIMS certifies a safe and skilled workforce for the global economy.