WIN began working with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) during the winter of 2015. The partnership grew out of WIN’s work with LIFT, the lightweight metals institute, one of IACMI’s partners and fellow National Network for Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI) member. IACMI’s goals focus on growing and facilitating technology transfer activity related to composites applications in manufacturing and energy. The institute has aligned their workforce and education goals to ensure that a qualified workforce is available when companies adopt new composites materials and technologies.
IACMI employed WIN to classify key occupations in the composites manufacturing and research space and perform analysis to identify opportunities for workforce investments that would further their mission. Using data and analytics aligns with WIN’s goals of data informed workforce investments. During the second phase of WIN’s work with IACMI the team created an employer survey to be sent to members of IACMI and IAMCI partner the American Composites Manufacturing Consortium (ACMA). The survey requested data on current and future employment needs and hiring gaps in for composites workers.