The Maine Industry Partneship Initiative:
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Global environment competition and the recent economic downturn have caused a shift from traditional manufacturing processes of the twenty-first century to innovative, automated, highly technical, lean, advanced manufacturing processes of the new millennium. This shift has changed the manufacturing image from a labor intensive, monotonous and perceived dirty/dangerous environment to an image that is defined by innovation, advanced technology and product design/ development and requires a highly skilled workforce. The new environment offers unique challenges to manufacturers in building and maintaining a capable and competitive employee base to meet today’s demands. A comprehensive workforce strategy that builds and sustains a highly skilled pool of workers is necessary to overcome these challenges.
Much of the MIPI foundation and strategy was formed by MAMe as a result of a statewide Manufacturing Summit held in Maine in 2011. The purpose of the summit was to:
- bring manufacturing sectors together to network
- focus their resources
- share best practices from other industries
- identify issues and challenges (both by specific sectors as well as the manufacturing sector as a whole)
- develop an annual report that defines the issues, challenges, and their solutions
Maine’s Industry Partnership Initiative and Sector Strategy define:
- Industry partnerships in Maine
- Challenges and growth opportunities
- Occupational growth areas
- The future of Maine manufacturing
- Key themes and critical needs assessments
- MIPI Implementation Strategy