Making Makers


Throughout the decades, the manufacturing sector has remained a key facet of the U.S. economy. The manufacturing industry has been and continues to be a crucial source of innovation, employment, competitive advantage and productivity growth in the U.S. Yet, given today’s continual advancements in technology and needed output, the sector is consistently faced with the issue of the upgrading and diversification of necessary skills.

Making Makers, the second in the Makers Series by Alcoa Foundation and Hope Street Group, takes a candid look at competency and credentialing systems in the industry to overcome the frequently faced education, training and recruitment challenges. The report frames solutions, identifies best practices and goes on to propose an innovative model for a fully integrated manufacturing ecosystem.

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.*

*Source: “Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing,” National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)


“Our industry will need to fill over 100,000 jobs over the next decade, which begins with equipping students and workers today with industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for current and future jobs.” – Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS

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The MAKERS Series

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In the first installment of the Makers Series–Missing Makers: How to Rebuild America’s Manufacturing Workforce–Alcoa Foundation and Hope Street Group took a look at the skills gap in the manufacturing sector and recommended ways to transform education and training programs to effectively support the industry, empowering youth with the skills and information they need to find skilled, sustainable careers.

The Maker Series is a part of Hope Street Group’s larger initiative Sync Our Signals (SOS), a collaborative effort working across the learning to work continuum with a shared goal of advancing competency-based career pathways.

Our Partner

Arconic Foundation’s Mission: Advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and skills training worldwide, with a special emphasis on engaging and creating access for underrepresented and underserved groups. Through our partnerships, we are helping to change the perception of manufacturing by creating excitement around the rewarding career opportunities available to the next generation of talent – from career and technical education to the most advanced robotics and digital manufacturing.

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