The SVAM Center of Excellence (SVAM-CoE), a dba of the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. (SVAM), aims to advance the skills and the image of manufacturing.
With its close alliance with the region’s manufacturers and access to subject matter expertise, SVAM-CoE is resourced to offer and facilitate an Advanced Manufacturing Career Academy. With the current and projected shortage of skilled workers, the young adults ages 16-24 are vital to the sustainability of manufacturing operations. The activities, tours, and projects of the AMT are designed to educate and expose the targeted young adults to the reality of manufacturing and counter the young adults’ negative perception of manufacturing.
The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. (SVAM), a private, nonprofit 501-(C)3 organization managed and operated by an association of manufacturers, was incorporated in 2007. The SVAM Center of Excellence (SVAM-CoE), an SVAM initiative, was formed in 2014. The primary purpose of SVAM-CoE is to advance the image and skills of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. Advanced skills training, which leads to third-party certifications, is offered in welding, machining, and industrial maintenance/mechatronics.
Problem or Needs Statement
Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. Moreover, according to a recent report, 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute).
The youth and younger workforce have a negative impression of manufacturing, and not choosing it for a career. Innovation and technological advances are rapidly transforming US manufacturing. Production is being streamlined and processes automated.
– The skills required of “advanced” manufacturing workers have likewise evolved.
– Worker skills have not kept pace with the needs of the integrated factory.
– The resulting “skill gaps” have currently produced 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs nationally. – It is vital to expose the reality of a career in advanced manufacturing to the youth and younger workforce.
SVAM-CoE offers a 4-day hands-on Advanced Manufacturing Career Academy for young adults (ages 16-24) in the Southwest Virginia area, where they will be engaged in the use of CNC and Welding equipment, as well as automation used in industry today.ess/product will be a Light Saber.