For the past six years, ITAC has participated in Manufacturing Day, in an effort to highlight the importance of the manufacturing sector to the economy. Last year, ITAC partnered with the Workforce Development Institute and the Brooklyn Army Terminal to host a forum focused on Inspirig the Next Generation of Manufacturers. After our Keynote Speaker, John Widlund (Executive Director for Career and Technical Education within the Office of Postsecondary Readiness, NYC Department of Education) discussed how to “Manufacture One’s Future in the Age of Automation”, senior executives from manufacturing companies across New York City addressed outdated perceptions vs. current opportunities linked to manufacturing careers.

This year, the focus is on the Power of Apprenticeships. Across the country, manufacturers are increasingly turning to apprenticeships to grow and retain a skilled workforce. Here in New York, several companies have recently joined in this movement by participating in the City’s first ever apprenticeship effort: ApprenticeNYC.  Through the program, apprentices are now on a career pathway to solid, middle-class careers in advanced manufacturing with many opportunities for advancement.

Please join us for important conversations around apprenticeships from the perspectives of both employers and apprentices. Getting the younger generation to understand the exciting side of the industry, and tangibly showcasing what a manufacturing career may look like is crucial on numerous levels, whether mending the ever-growing skills gap crippling local manufacturers, or exposing a new generation to interesting, challenging and well-remunerated career possibilities.

Speakers Include:

More speakers, including apprentices, will be announced soon.

Through technological and process advancements, NYC manufacturers are successfully competing through higher productivity and greater value to customers. The transformation of manufacturing is having profound implications for the incumbent manufacturing workforce and for the qualified workers that employers look for, with many manufacturers being constrained by their inability to recruit, retain, and upskill enough workers to meet their current and future needs. Please join us for a lively discussion on what one should know about participating in an apprenticeship effort, and hear the perspectives of both employers and apprentices.

This event will:

  • Highlight essential skills and attributes for students, aspiring entrepreneurs and incumbent workers focused on manufacturing;

  • Provide awareness of apprenticeships as useful tools for talent development;

  • Provide networking opportunities for students, manufacturing companies, workforce providers and other resources; and

  • Celebrate National Manufacturing Day, dispel outdated myths about manufacturing, inspire a new generation of manufacturers, and promote additional local events focused on showcasing good jobs and viable career pathways.