Here’s some very good news for educational institutions, workforce development boards, and any manufacturing-based sector partnership trying to build relevant automation programming.
There’s an updated Automation Competency Model (ACM). A team of automation industry experts convened in the summer of 2018 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to perform the third critical review of the ACM since its inception in 2008.

The development and updating of the 26 available competency models is led by national industry associations with support from the U.S. Department of Labor. The models are foundational tools, providing a snapshot of worker competency needs in industries such as advanced manufacturing, construction, energy and utilities, and cybersecurity. Rather than having to approach industry representatives in your region with a blank sheet of paper, asking them “what kinds of workers and skills do you need?,” the models provide a conceptual framework that enables educational institutions and workforce boards to have more advanced, informed conversations with industry about their specific skill and competency requirements.

The U.S. Department of Labor strongly encourages educational or workforce development organizations to use these updated models as important input for these regional conversations.

While you’re at the Competency Model Clearinghouse website, check out the other models. They offer essential, timely insights into what skills and competencies employers are looking for. Update your apprenticeship, career pathway, and training programming today!