The Alliance for Working Together was started in 2002 as just a small informal group (15 or 20) to discuss topics of interest and as a way to reach out to other manufacturers in the region. The AWT has since then been meeting to address issues, challenges and best practices. Finding skilled workers was quickly identified as one of the top challenges for our manufacturers. Promoting rewarding careers in manufacturing became the core mission of the organization. The AWT consortium now includes about 100 members manufacturing companies (and growing) all engaged to work toward the sustainability of manufacturing in our community.
The AWT is hard at work to change the overall perception of manufacturing. The group realizes the need for educators, counselors, parents and others to understand what a career path in manufacturing is all about. As manufacturing continues to grow fast in Northeast Ohio and the future looks promising, there is still a critical shortage of skilled workers to satisfy growing demand and replace baby-boomers who are approaching retirement. This is going to create a huge hole for employers in the manufacturing/machine trades industry unless future generations enter the field. The AWT is focused on working with all aspects of the community to promote careers in manufacturing.
We work to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, to increase enrollment in training programs, to make sure curriculum for those programs is what manufacturers need, and to make sure those in the industry have the support they need.
The AWT Foundation’s mission is to promote the development of rewarding careers in manufacturing for the long-term success and growth of our manufacturing community.
If you or your organization is interested in contributing to the ongoing efforts of the AWT Foundation please contact the AWT at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the history of the AWT or how to become involved please contact our office at 440.525.9017