Manufacturing Institute to Expand FAME Apprenticeship Program

Manufacturing Institute to Expand FAME Apprenticeship Program

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and Toyota Motor North America on Tuesday announced the operational and stewardship transition of Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program to the MI.

The announcement was made when the president’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, along with NAM Chief Executive Jay Timmons and Toyota North American Executive Vice President Chris Nielsen, visited the Alabama Robotics Technology Park outside of Decatur, Alabama, and the Associated Press reported.

Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program will now be managed by the Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner for NAM.

“The Administration is committed to ensuring inclusive growth and opportunity in our booming economy by creating pathways for all Americans, regardless of age or background, to acquire the skills needed to secure and retain high paying jobs,” Trump said in the statement. “I applaud the Toyota Motor Company and Manufacturing Institute for expanding the FAME program, which will build upon the economic successes we’ve had in the manufacturing industry.”

FAME consists of a two-year industrial degree known as the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program and includes students who are recent high school graduates as well as longtime manufacturing employees.

“FAME has set the standard for industry-driven apprenticeships, and by taking it nationwide, we will open the door to high-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans across the country,” Timmons said in a press release.

“Manufacturers have a half million jobs to fill today, and we’ll have millions more over the coming decade. Our industry is stepping up to be the solution and provide opportunities for Americans to find meaningful careers in a growing and transforming industry,” he added, while also thanking Toyota and the Trump administration.

(Photo courtesy of WAAY 31 ABC)


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