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CEO DATELINE – NAM to take over Toyota worker training program

Sept. 12, 2019
By Walt Williams

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Toyota is transferring its worker training program to the National Association of Manufacturers as part of the business group’s efforts to prepare young people and adults for manufacturing jobs.

NAM’s Manufacturing Institute will assume stewardship of Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, or FAME, which provides two-year degrees that focus on teaching technical qualifications in advanced manufacturing as well as helping students develop a deeper understanding of the industry, according to the association.

The transfer was announced Tuesday during an event in Huntsville, Ala., where Toyota is planning to build a new manufacturing plant. Among the attendees was Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, who said the new program “will build upon the economic successes we’ve had in the manufacturing industry.”

NAM CEO Jay Timmons said that by taking FAME nationwide, “we will open the door to high-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans across the country.”

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

Both NAM and Toyota had previously signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, which calls on companies to provide new education and training opportunities over the next five years.