Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to focus on the growing 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 Hudson Valley manufacturers expecting a wave of retirements in the next 5 years.

Building a Regional Strategy

To address both the near and longer-term workforce needs we will lead a Regional Manufacturing Sector Workforce Development Strategy.  This strategy will provide 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 interesting and rewarding careers in manufacturing.

Current Activities

There continues to be a misconception about 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.

To tackle this perception, The Council of Industry launched a careers platform designed to help students, parents, and teachers explore the world of advanced manufacturing, and to find the information they need to pursue careers in our exciting industry.

The website, social media initiative and educator outreach is designed to help expose young people to the actual opportunities and career paths available in manufacturing. This will help shift perception and aid in developing future workers for our members.

After all, these young people are the future of our industry, and hopefully, they’ll see that advanced manufacturing is the future of innovation in America.

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will maintain, expand and promote GoMakeIt.

Hudson Valley Pathways Academy

The Council of Industry is pleased to be the Industry Partner for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, a P-TECH School located in Kingston NY.  The P-TECH model is comprised of 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 build a program of study that will ensure student success through this educational journey.

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will maintain, expand and build this relationship and develop stronger relations with other P-TECH Schools in the region.

Mfg Day

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.

Matching Educators with Manufacturers

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.

Matching People to Jobs
Apprentice and Pre Apprentice Programs

The Council of Industry and the New York State Manufacturers Alliance has created a New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program (NYSMIAP).  Administered in the Hudson Valley by the Council of Industry, NYSMIAP is an employer-led public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations.

This apprenticeship has two basic elements. The first, On-the-Job Training (OJT), consists of a journey-level, craft person capable and willing to share their experience with an apprentice, in a hands-on manner. The second, Related Instruction (RI), consists of learning more theoretical or knowledge-based aspects of a craft.

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

NYSMIAP Registered Trades:

Collaborative Recruiting 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 provides robust recruiting resources and support throughout the hiring process.

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

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 at 845-565-1355.