IMT for Workforce Development Organizations

As U.S. manufacturing continues to rebound and grow, employers turn to workforce development organizations for help with recruiting new employees. The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides statutory authority (section 128) to fund incumbent worker training, including apprenticeship programs. By supporting the implementation of the IMT apprenticeship with funds and technical assistance, workforce development boards can meet their mission to support a high-growth industry in their region. Workforce development agencies can work with intermediaries, employers and unions to place workers in apprenticeship positions that provide on-the-job-learning and formal education in basic and specialized manufacturing skills.

• Accelerated: Because the IMT is hybrid competency-based, skilled workers do not waste productive work time participating in training for things that they already know and can demonstrate mastery. This ensures that training is both efficient and effective and it helps many apprentices move to higher level of competency more quickly.

• Validated Credentials: All apprentices are prepared for the industry-recognized MSSC Certified Production Technician credential, which qualifies them for jobs in many advanced manufacturing firms, and in some regions schools may use these credentials to grant credits toward an associate’s degree. Those who complete the program also receive a nationally recognized journeyworker credential from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship or the relevant state apprenticeship agency.

How It Works

WDBs and workforce development program providers can assist in identifying education partners to provide the 264 hours of formal education and assessment that IMT apprentices require. Workforce development organizations may also help to negotiate college credit for the MSSC certification and other related instruction courses. Workforce development organizations can help to recruit apprentices and they may also help the employer access state or local resources to support the training and the on-the-learning component of the apprenticeship. Finally, workforce development organizations can support pre-apprenticeship programs to help low-waged and under-educated workers develop the basic skills required to be hired and succeed in the IMT apprenticeship.

Benefits for Workforce Development Organizations

• IMT workforce development organizations are careful stewards of workforce development training funds, as their investments in the IMT apprenticeship only trains workers in the skills and knowledge that they need for a specific job, when then need it.

IMT workforce development organizations are responsive to employer needs, as they offer support for education and training that prepare workers with the skills employers need and value.

• IMT workforce development organizations provide workers with access to good jobs that provide good wages and career opportunities.