Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to focus on the ongoing need to attract and retain skilled and motivated people to work for Hudson Valley manufacturers. For many firms in the region, the lack of a skilled and ready workforce is their greatest impediment to sustainable growth. For others, the looming retirement of many of their most valuable people is of strategic concern. Nationally, between newly created jobs and retirements, more than 3 million manufacturing jobs are expected to open up. The Hudson Valley is no exception with many manufacturers expecting a wave of retirements in the coming years.

Building a Regional Strategy

To address both the near and longer-term workforce needs we are leading the development and implementation of a Regional Manufacturing Sector Workforce Development Strategy. This strategy provides real-time information on the workforce needs of the Hudson Valley manufacturing sector to educators, elected officials, economic development professionals, and others so they can better allocate resources, encourage the development of the appropriate skills and training, and build awareness about the many rewarding careers in manufacturing.

Current Activities

Go Make It Read More

There continues to be a misconception about the types and variety of careers in manufacturing. In our region, much of our manufacturing is “modern, advanced manufacturing” requiring a high level of skill, creativity and problem solving, with new and well-paid jobs being created every day. However, the perception held by students, parents and educators is that manufacturing is unskilled assembly in unpleasant environments, for very little money with few jobs or career growth.

GoMakeIt was developed to change this perception. Designed to help students, parents, and teachers explore the world of advanced manufacturing, GoMakeIt provides information on the manufacturing sector, the variety of careers in the sector and the types of skills they require. GoMakeIt also connects users to schools and colleges that develop those skills as well as to jobs in the region.

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Hudson Valley Pathways Academy Read More

The Council of Industry is pleased to be the Industry Partner for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, a P-TECH School located in Ulster County NY. The P-TECH model is a six-year pathway of study that leads to earning an associate’s degree and workforce readiness skills that put graduates first in line for available positions with Hudson Valley Manufacturers. At the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, secondary educators, colleges, and industry leaders work together to ensure student success through this educational journey.

Click this link to learn more – Hudson Valley Pathways Academy: A P-Tech School

Mfg Day Read More

Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities — including students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing. The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will host its own public awareness event on Manufacturing Day and will also help Hudson Valley firms coordinate their events as well.

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Matching Educators with Manufacturers Read More

One of the most effective ways to build tomorrow’s workforce is to connect educators, students, and parents directly with Hudson Valley manufacturers and engineers. By seeing first-hand the high-tech processes and innovative products designed and built in our region we help dispel the myths about manufacturing and build awareness of the great career opportunities the manufacturing sector provides.

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will maintain, expand, build and formalize these relationships.

Collaborative Recruiting Read More is a collaborative digital marketing campaign designed to increase awareness about local careers in manufacturing. The website provides a single location for candidates to explore and apply for HV Manufacturing jobs. The hiring manager web tool and applicant tracker provide robust recruiting resources and centralized efficiencies throughout the hiring process.

Posted jobs are distributed to HVMFG Jobs and over 100 job boards including Google Jobs, Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor. Hiring managers to have access to an applicant tracking system, digital marketing campaign and unlimited job postings.

Want to know more about the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center and how you can support or be a part of our mission?  Contact Johnnieanne Hansen.

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Registered Apprentice Program Read More

The Council of Industry Leads the Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP)  in the Hudson Valley. MIAP is an employer-led program to help manufacturers upskill their workforce utilizing New York State Department of Labor registered manufacturing apprentice trades.

Apprenticeship has two basic elements, On-the-Job Training (OJT), consisting of a skilled employee person capable and willing to share their experience with an apprentice, in a hands-on manner, and Related Instruction (RI), the learning of more theoretical or knowledge-based aspects of a craft. This program makes apprentice training accessible to all manufacturing firms in the region. 

This registered apprentice program will typically be three to four years in duration.

MIAP Registered Trades: