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MEP National Network Workforce Programs, Services and Trainings

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The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has published a guide to help manufacturers find workforce-related programs and services offered by MEP Centers in every state and Puerto Rico.

Manufacturing companies are facing a critical talent shortage and skills gap. The MEP National Network™ is supporting them through a wide range of workforce development programs and resources. The new guide, MEP National Network Workforce Programs, Services and Trainings, showcases the efforts across the country.

By investing in workforce development and training, manufacturers can address their workforce challenges head-on. MEP National Network experts understand the importance of remaining competitive in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, and can provide manufacturers with a solid foundation for growth through the workforce services they offer.

These efforts are part of the implementation of the MEP National Network 2023-2027 Strategic Plan [opens PDF]. Narrowing the workforce gap is one of the strategic plan’s primary goals. The plan calls for enabling small and medium-sized manufacturers to navigate the current workforce shortage while improving productivity and profitability.

The new guide enables manufacturers, and the public, to learn more about what each MEP Center does and to showcase the workforce activities nationally. This guide is not exhaustive, and local MEP Centers should be consulted directly for more detailed information about their workforce-related offerings.

Released September 8, 2023