Followup Report: Arrowhead Manufacturers Training Program

Successful first-time initiative graduates 27 participants with skills geared toward careers in manufacturing.

Earlier this year, the Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association (AMFA) partnered with Dale Carnegie Training to bridge the gap for underemployed workers in the Arrowhead region by providing a skills pathway and direct connection to local jobs in the light manufacturing trades.

The program, called Arrowhead Manufacturers Training Program (AMTP), took place over four weeks in April and May at Community Action Duluth. The no-cost, all-age, and all skill level educational program equipped participants with hard skills and soft skills to prepare them for careers in high-value, persistently hard-to-hire positions with local manufacturing businesses.

The program received 35 applicants and 30 participants enrolled. Attendance rates averaged 98% over all four weeks and 27 students graduated in total. One job placement was already confirmed at the close of the program. Based on this high success rate, the partners behind AMTP hope to hold further programs in the future.

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About the Partners:

APEX is the private-sector-led business development engine for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. APEX business and economic development efforts focus on areas including aviation, technology, manufacturing, professional services and next generation forest products. Since 2003, the organization has impacted over 4,300 jobs in the region, resulting in a regional payroll of over $174.9 million and contributing to over $24 million annually in state and local taxes.

Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association (AMFA) was founded in 1997 to help strengthen and grow the manufacturing and fabrication industries in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Membership consists of manufacturers, fabricators, suppliers, educators, government agencies, and more.

Dale Carnegie Training is a global training company which has grown from one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement to offices in 90 countries and all 50 states. Dale Carnegie has produced more than eight million graduates in 25 languages worldwide and programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

Community Action Duluth is a non-profit organization that exists to empower and engage the local community to eliminate poverty and create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people they serve.

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