Getting Familiar with FAME
As we talk more and more about the need to hire and retain top talent in the manufacturing industry, it’s important to discuss the educational programs available to employers and those interested in the industry. The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is one such development model designed to offer training and hands-on experience to those with an interest in a manufacturing career. So, what’s FAME all about? Let’s dive in…
What is FAME?
Originally started in 2010 by Toyota, FAME transitioned to the leadership of The Manufacturing Institute in order to utilize its infrastructure and network and better grow the program. According to the FAME website, “FAME provides a comprehensive, hands-on education that prepares individuals for a rewarding career in the industry… FAME is proactively developing a robust pipeline of qualified workers to close the skills gap.” It offers “education, training and certifications for the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) occupational track.” This nationally recognized program has chapters in over 12 states, and there are almost 400 partner companies associated with it—there’s even a boast-worthy 85 percent employment placement rate upon graduation.
What type of candidate is FAME looking for?
Typically, FAME applicants are students looking to take advantage of hands-on programs and trainings that can help them quickly advance in their manufacturing careers. They should be high school graduates interested in a 2-year degree that will provide them with the transferable technical skills needed for success in the manufacturing industry. After graduation, FAME students are able to easily transition into whatever area of manufacturing they are interested in—this could include robotics, mechanics, electricians, etc.
What are the benefits?
While FAME is an excellent resource for students that want to kickstart their manufacturing careers, it’s also hugely beneficial for employers. A few of the main benefits of FAME are that the program creates a solid supply of highly trained talent for employers to choose from; helps develop a level of professionalism that puts its graduates ahead of their peers; bolsters the local talent pool; and has a strong focus on safety and Lean Principles.
What is the AMT program?
Developed for students preparing for a career in manufacturing, the FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program combines classroom, lab, and on-site environments into one curriculum. This work-study program allows students to earn an associate degree and get certified as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). In the program, students will participate in classes held at local community colleges for 2 days a week, 8 hours or more a day. They’ll also get hands-on training by working at least 24 hours a week for a local participating employer—and they’ll get paid a competitive wage doing so. Graduates receive at least 60 credit hours and 1,800 hours of on-the-job training.
The persistent concern over a dwindling workforce in manufacturing is what makes programs like FAME so beneficial—for both employers and recent high school graduates. In order to build a pipeline of highly trained recruits, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to education, training, and awareness. To learn more about the FAME program and how it can help inspire the next generation of manufacturing workers, head over to the website and sign up for one of the 90-minute overview sessions offered. With the right people in place, we can propel the industry even further into the future.