Toyota joins Automation Alley, promotes workforce development apprenticeship program at Integr8, May 10

Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley
May 2, 2022
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Automotive giant Toyota has joined Automation Alley. Learn how they'll be highlighting their workforce development program at Integr8.

Toyota joins Automation Alley, promotes workforce development apprenticeship program at Integr8, May 10

From the rapid pace of technological change to supply chain disruptions, today’s manufacturers are faced with multiple challenges as they navigate an industry in transformation—including workforce development. Manufacturers are concerned that there’s not enough skilled workers in the talent pool, and that new hires are not work-ready or globally competitive. On top of that, their current technical employees are approaching retirement.  

Toyota—a new member to the Automation Alley ecosystem—will be sponsoring a breakout session at Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, on May 10 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan on this very topic. The Manufacturing Institute will give the presentation.  

Toyota is the founding partner of the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program, which was used by the automaker exclusively before expanding to other companies—which formed the basis for cooperative chapters later referred to as FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education). The program grew nationally beyond Toyota’s footprint, leading it to be transitioned to The Manufacturing Institute.  

FAME provides a comprehensive, hands-on education that prepares individuals for a rewarding career in manufacturing by matching students with employers. The apprenticeship program targets “middle-skilled” workers and combines classroom instruction with paid on-the-job experience. FAME partners with employers to develop a robust pipeline of qualified workers to close the skills gap. And better yet, a recent study released by Opportunity America and the Brookings Institution found that graduates of the program earned salaries far exceeding their peers at community colleges.

“Toyota Research and Development is excited to join Automation Alley’s effort to promote modern and agile manufacturing processes to manufacturers large and small in Michigan. We believe the FAME education model, in which employers help inform curriculum at community colleges and train workers, has a proven record to educate global best advanced manufacturing technicians,” says Dave Girvan, Group Manager, Technical Strategy and Planning, Toyota Research and Development.

The first Michigan FAME Chapter will begin in the Fall of 2023. The chapter will be led by the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Washtenaw Community College will be the college partner.  

“We’re glad to see FAME taking shape in Michigan, providing another tool to help manufacturers of all sizes be even more competitive in an already strong manufacturing state,” said FAME National Director Tony Davis.  

Join us at Integr8 to learn more.  

Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley

Nicole Kampe is Digital Editor at Automation Alley, a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. Nicole is responsible for the strategy and development of Automation Alley’s digital platform. Nicole builds relationships and collaborates with various internal and external stakeholder groups, including Automation Alley members and partners, to position them as subject matter experts through the development and curation of engaging content around advanced manufacturing and digital transformation. Nicole also leads the development of Automation Alley’s annual Technology in Industry Report and content development around other key organizational positions. Nicole graduated with honors from Oakland University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Nicole has worked at Automation Alley for 10 years, serving previously as Communications Copywriter, Manager of Communications and Media Relations, and Manager of Global Content Strategy and Development. Nicole is an award-winning journalist and worked previously at The Oakland Press as a writer, copyeditor, and page designer, and was honored on multiple occasions by the Society of Professional Journalists. ‍Ask Me About: Blogs, white papers, case studies, video, and other thought leadership opportunities.

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