Build a Highly Skilled Workforce

Manufacturing companies face multiple challenges in today’s landscape, and having a highly skilled workforce is key to overcoming those challenges. We offer resources that will help you attract and retain qualified employees, as well as develop and strengthen your workforce.

Support Employee Development with Manufacturing Works

We offer group learning, roundtables, supervisory training, OSHA training, and strategic planning for employees and leaders at all levels within your organization.


We find the subject matter experts that are best-equipped to facilitate peer-to-peer learning groups covering the most relevant topics related to company growth and profitability. Employees gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities while staying on top of the latest strategies and trends in many manufacturing topics.

"The greatest benefit to Cleveland Steel Tool has been spreading the gospel of Lean and 5S past the senior management level, to allow foremen and machine operators to hear from their peers about the benefits of the process. Sharing ideas within a controlled environment is a far superior learning technique than internet videos or classroom pedagogues."


President - Cleveland Steel Tool Co.

Tooling U | SME

Our mission to develop employees includes all levels of a manufacturing company. To help us achieve our mission and bring more offerings to our members, we have partnered with Tooling U | SME. Through this partnership, we are able to expand our workforce development offerings and deliver solutions on the most needed manufacturing topics through a convenient virtual format.

Supervisory Training

Help retain your frontline employees by giving your supervisors the tools they need to succeed. Custom designed for our manufacturing community, this training covers the essentials of frontline leadership in manufacturing, from communicating to managing conflict.

OSHA 10-Hour Training

This is a general industry training opportunity that's viewed by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a proactive step toward safety compliance and employee workplace safety. Don’t wait on a visit from OSHA and face a potential mandatory training.

A Next Step for Retired or Retiring Workers

Industry technicians who are retired or in transition can assist classrooms and support teachers with hands-on learning that prepares students for work experiences and industry certifications.

Apprenticeship Programs

Our apprenticeship programs are run through the Manufacturing Works Apprenticeship Consortium. This is a network of manufacturing companies working together to provide career opportunities for individuals in our community. We handle the administration and companies focus on on-the-job training and mentoring. Apprenticeships include paid job training and technical training.

We're currently training for the following occupations:

  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing technician
  • Airframe mechanic
  • Assembly technician
  • CNC operator and programmer
  • Composites technician
  • Die setter
  • Electrician
  • Engineering assistant
  • Industrial maintenance technician
  • Manufacturing production technician
  • Tool and die maker
  • Machinist
  • Press operator
  • Press brake operator
  • Quality control technician
  • Robotics technician
  • Welding technician

Program funding is provided by the Cleveland Foundation; training partners include Cuyahoga Community College, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, and Tooling U-SME.

Employers interested in joining the consortium should contact Beth Dawson, Apprenticeship Program Manager, via email or at 216.920.1963.

Want to become an apprentice? Contact T.J. McGowan, Senior Manager of Employment Services, at 216.588.1441.

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Take the Next Best Step in Developing Your Employees

If you're interested in having access to all of these programs and training opportunities, contact us today. Manufacturing Works membership is ready to deliver the workforce development solutions you need to grow the skillsets of your employees—and your business.

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