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Accelerating the growth of and access to jobs in the U.S. energy and advanced manufacturing sectors while developing and maintaining a skilled domestic energy and advanced manufacturing workforce are key goals of the U.S. Department of Energy. To focus Federal resources, in August 2016 DOE’s Jobs Strategy Council established the Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative. EAMWI includes the U.S Department of Labor, U.S Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and U.S Department of Commerce, as well as industry partners, state and local governments and education and workforce training institutions.
Individual agencies have long collaborated with one another in a number of related workforce activities; however, this sustained, coordinated, multi-agency approach, had previously not existed. The Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative provides a platform for coordinating efforts across agencies with equities and portfolios of activities, funding opportunities or special interests in energy and advanced manufacturing job growth and workforce development.
EAMWI has addressed:
- The lack of significant data on the skillsets needed for emerging energy and advanced manufacturing technologies
- The challenge of uneven distribution of energy and advanced manufacturing sector job growth across the nation
- The displacement of energy and advanced manufacturing job growth by the changing economics of energy and emerging energy and advanced manufacturing technological advances
- Coordinating the response of the Nation’s workforce training and education infrastructure to these rapid changes and identifying the necessary advanced workforce skills and training for a rapidly changing energy and advanced manufacturing economy