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How many employees can I send at one time? View Answer Hide Answer

Employers can send one to an unlimited number of employees to our training.  
We generally limit attendance to 15 people but we can set up additional classes or customized training for employers with large training needs. 

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What do you think the area’s manufacturing industry will be like five, 10, 20 years down the road? View Answer Hide Answer

That’s correct. Change is constant and is happening faster and faster because of technology, connectivity and so-called advanced innovation. Take robots. Today, most robots are limited to one task. Newer models will be less costly and will be adaptable for tasks we couldn’t have envisioned just a few years ago, such as assembling clothing. Manufacturers have long outsourced clothing assembly to other countries, where workers making low wages do it by hand. The unskilled assembly jobs have exited the U.S., but now they are being replaced by jobs that require the ability to program, modify and repair the latest generation of robots. It’s easy to see that, in the future, manufacturing firms will spend less time chasing low-cost labor and will instead make investments in advanced manufacturing assembly processes. These advanced manufacturing assembly processes are going to require advanced feedback and support systems to facility responsiveness to quality, design and the market, but also technically trained and empowered employees. The American manufacturing industry is tech-heavy, and only growing more so, and it needs employees who can keep up with the pace.

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What are the benefits of taking a course with CAAM? View Answer Hide Answer

CAAM courses offer highly specialized niche training that is not generally offered in an area.  The course come from partner colleges that have expertise in a subject. 
The partner college lends their instructor, curriculum and or training materials to the school with the need.  The school with a need runs an intensive time limited program that quickly delivers the requested skills.  The manufacture gets great training that is provided by their local college.  CAAM course supply the training resources held by the State of Florida to any manufacturer who needs them.        

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What is College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing? View Answer Hide Answer

Simply put, CAAM is designing and delivering innovative training programs to meet the manufacturing industry’s need for more highly skilled employees. CAAM develops training curricula by drawing on the expertise of its partners both within the industry and within higher education. CAAM markets its programs to the regional manufacturing community and conducts the actual training either at the employer’s site or, more often, on the campuses of partner colleges, including Daytona State College, Hillsborough Community College, Lake-Sumter State College, State College of Florida, St. Petersburg College, and Polk State College. CAAM brings together the resources of all the partner colleges to deliver a unified response to regional manufacturing workforce needs.

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What are the benefits of partnering with CAAM to offer these courses? View Answer Hide Answer

These organizations use the CAAM network of partner schools to provide public training resources across the state.  
These training resources come in the form of skill specific instructors, curriculum, equipment and facilities. 
 A college that lacks a specialized skill needed by an advanced manufacturer in one area can pull resources from another area.  
Additionally, a large need can be supported regionally by involving several institutions.          

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Do you offer courses in Florida only? View Answer Hide Answer

The College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing (CAAM) classes are provided by Florida’s state and local colleges. 

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How are organizations better, more competitive, more efficient, etc., because of CAAM? View Answer Hide Answer

One of the best ways to achieve a competitive advantage is to have a highly trained and motivated workforce. A manufacturer’s ability to align and adapt flexible resources when a market opportunity arrives can mean the difference between winning or losing existing customers, and attracting or missing out on new business. When manufacturing employees go through CAAM’s programs, they gain new skills, as well as a newfound sense of confidence. They realize they have the ability to learn and advance within an organization. They become motivated to add to their skill sets and contribute to the bottom line. One of the employers CAAM recently delivered training to said it best: “cross-training our maintenance and production staff builds confidence, drives continuous improvement and enables them to implement solutions based on a holistic approach to our business.”

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What role do you think CAAM will play in this evolving industry? What do you think its impact will be not only for individual organizations but also for the region as a whole? View Answer Hide Answer

CAAM is well positioned to fulfill the existing backlog of demand for higher skilled and fulfilled employees within the manufacturing sector. I recently saw a quote from the vice president of human-resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, indicating that the challenge will be to attract younger people to the manufacturing environment. But I believe that’s already happening much faster than previously recognized. The contributions of social networking, connectivity and publicity of the innovation happening within manufacturing is helping tremendously. Three-dimensional printing is a good example of manufacturing’s future. Jabil, a St. Petersburg-based high-volume electronics manufacturer with global reach, recently acquired Nypro, a U.S. firm well positioned to leverage 3-D printing. Even as the image of manufacturing and the makeup of its workforce evolve, however, sustained growth will rely on manufacturers having a source of highly skilled labor. At the same time, today’s manufacturing workers want an enriching work environment and the ability to improve their skills. CAAM offers a solution to meet the needs of employees and employers alike.

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If I want to enroll as one individual can I do that? View Answer Hide Answer

Yes! We have several employers that send one or two employees at a time.  
This is not a problem unless we don’t have enough students to make a class viable.  
In those cases, we reschedule the class to a date when a high enough attendance is possible. 
 

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How long do the courses run? View Answer Hide Answer

Courses generally run between 1 and 5 days.

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What do the area’s manufacturers most need in terms of training, and why? View Answer Hide Answer

In this highly competitive global economy, manufacturers must maintain and continuously develop a highly skilled workforce. This is made even more challenging by the fact that baby boomers are retiring in large numbers. Manufacturers are constantly working to recruit new employees. But it’s not just a matter of getting bodies to fill vacancies. Manufacturers need employees who are not only willing to work, but who are also willing to advance their skills in specific areas, such as programming and operating computer-controlled tools, or maintaining and repairing sophisticated machinery. These skills require a strong understanding of both mechanics and electronics. That’s why manufacturers are seeking CAAM’s services; CAAM can deliver timely, relevant courses to fulfill the advanced training needs of employees and employers. Manufacturers need highly skilled workers now, and CAAM can make that happen.

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