Local manufacturers are collaborating to find solutions for our skills gap. The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) is Greater Cincinnati’s regional collaboration of Advanced Manufacturing employers, educators, and community agencies working together to ensure we have a robust pipeline of qualified workers.
AMIP membership has doubled in the last two years with over 250 active members. AMIP works to alleviate occupational shortages for industry by creating and implementing an integrated process to link current and prospective employees with educational opportunities to meet Advanced Manufacturing needs for skilled talent. “We promote industry awareness through focused events, defined pathways and execute strategies to unite partners that ultimately fill the talent pipeline,” said AMIP Executive Director Debby Combs.
In 2018, AMIP’s premier event was realized in October with Manufacturing Month. Over 50 Advanced Manufacturing companies hosted students during the month with over 4500 middle and high school students getting exposure to great careers in manufacturing. Currently, our “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contest pairs a team of middle school students with one company to create a video which are viewed by parents, teachers and students world-wide.
The European American Chamber of Commerce and many of our members are committed partners of AMIP. For example, Amy Meyer of Rhinestahl and Chris Leedy of Pilot Chemical are Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the AMIP Employers collective; Will Healy of Balluff is one of the leaders of the Talent Pipeline Pillar, and Pete Borden of General Tool Company is part of the team organizing the Industry Commitment Pillar. Seven of the sixteen manufacturers taking part in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest mentioned above are EACC members companies, and EACC Executive Director Todd Schwartz serves as a ‘coach’ for five of the teams. EACC members like Balluff, Safran Landing Systems, and many others participated in Manufacturing Month efforts. And AMIP meetings are filled with active participation of many EACC members like FESTO and VEGA Americas and Meyer Tool and Sinclair College and Cincinnati State and Butler Tech and…
The AMIP is funded and led by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a strategic initiative of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. It also is affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and Dream it Do it OKI.
If you worry about a sustainable pipeline of skilled labor and talent to support your firm’s continued health and future growth – or if you just want to make sure that the Cincinnati Tri-State region continues to provide good paying, meaningful work for all -- then you need to engage with AMIP and Partners for a Competitive Workforce. Contact EACC Executive Director Todd Schwartz for more information and an introduction!