Workforce Development

Like many segments of the manufacturing industry, workforce development continues to plague American mold builders. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in Indiana alone, 87 percent of manufacturers indicate difficulty in recruiting youth. At the same time, according to a recent Deloitte Insights report, over half of the potential two million jobs that will become available over the next decade in manufacturing will likely go unfilled due to a skills shortage. 

With this in mind, the AMBA has made workforce development a top priority, providing scholarship opportunities like National Scholarship Program, access to educational resources and programs via pages like the AMBA Careers in Mold Building area on the AMBA website and through support of programs like Manufacturing Day and the AMBA Educational Outreach Award

To see all the workforce development initiatives that the AMBA drives and supports, see below.

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

In June 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Expanding Apprenticeships in America. Section 4 of the EO, entitled ā€œEstablishing Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships,ā€ directed the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) to consider proposing regulations that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by third parties. 

This Executive Order lead to a Task Force on Apprenticeship and a recommendation to establish Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and a process for Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) to approve them.

To learn more about IRAPs, their standards and criteria, the role SREs play in their approval and more, click here.

Scholarship Opportunities

The AMBA offers a variety of scholarships that support workforce development in the mold building industry within local communities. By spotlighting programs within local communities and the AMBA members who act as champions for them, these scholarships advance the AMBA mission.

  • Mold Builder of the Year Award

  • Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award

For more information on all scholarship opportunities, visit here

Careers in Mold Building

To advance the AMBA mission of providing workforce development solutions, the AMBA believes in the critical mission of educating youth on the benefits of pursuing an exciting career in mold building. With this in mind, resources within this section include:

  • An Industry Overview
  • A Career Path 
  • Educational Opportunities 
  • FAQ
  • Testimonials

For more information on pursuing a career in mold building, visit here.

Recruitment Tools

To continue supporting our members' efforts to engage with today's youth, AMBA offers access to recruitment tools and marketing materials that can be downloaded and used by AMBA member companies, including YouTube videos, printouts, playbooks and more. To view these members-only resources, visit here

AMBA Skills Certification Program

The AMBA created the AMBA-certified Skills Certification Program to assess and certify the skills of front-line mold manufacturing workers, from entry-level through the first level of supervision within all sectors of the industry.

The purpose of the program is to recognize, through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery in three body-of-knowledge content areas: 

  • Primary Skills

  • Master CNC Technician

  • Master Mold Builder

To learn more about the AMBA Skills Certification Program, why mold builders should pursue certification and to order tests and view study guides, visit here

Resume Postings

AMBA now offers a resume posting area for those interested in beginning or continuing a career in mold manufacturing. To post a resume, visit here.