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 the AMMA Grant, 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 continue supporting our members' efforts to engage with today's youth, we are now also offering access to recruitment tools and marketing materials that can be downloaded and used by AMBA member companies. See available resources below.

Recruitment Tools: Handouts

Online Materials Designed to provide articles, infographics and interactive quizzes to help friends, family, students and others understand the importance of plastics. Also offers videos, handouts, web banner ads, tv slides and other marketing material. Provides photos and resources to draw students and apprentices into the mold building trade. Hosted by the AMBA Chicago chapter, also offers a career path, photos and vidoes, scholarship information, a mold maker course syllabus and career fair presentation.

Printable Materials


MoldMaking Matters: Your Career Can Make a Difference

Summary: In the video, "MoldMaking Matters: Your Career Can Make a Difference," employees describe their roles and how their work empowers them to pursue new opportunities and experiences. Described positions include: program manager, mold designer/simulation analyst, machinist, CT engineer and a plastic engineer. 

Watch here on Youtube

MoldMaking Matters: Moldmaking Your Road to Success

Summary: In the video, "MoldMaking Matters: MoldMaking Your Road to Success," mold builders and apprentices describe why they find every day exciting. Whether using advanced technologies or taking on a new kind of project, employees within all roles in the mold building industry experience something new every day. LEarn more about roles like becoming an EDM apprentice, a machining apprentice, a CNC machinist and programmer, moldmaker/assembler and more.

Watch here on Youtube

Why Not Me?

Summary: In the video, "Why Not Me," high school students are cardinal Manufacturing describe how the experience of working in mold building enables them to pursue better paying technical jobs in the future with little-to-no college debt and access to secure jobs once they graduate.

Watch on the MoldMaking Technology blog here

Success in the New Economy

Today, many students have learned the "college for all" philosophy, but in the video, "Success in the New Economy," the author argues that this concept is flawed. See why pursuing a 4-year degree instead of a career in a skilled trade may lead to lower pay and less opportunity. 

Watch on Vimeo here

Recruitment Resources for Company Use


AMBA Guide To Community and Student Plant Tour Events

Flyers and Reports

To see the full report, Best Practices on Recruiting the Millennial, click here.